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Website launched for Nashua’s new parkway

NASHUA — A new website has been launched to help inform residents about the Broad Street Parkway construction, currently the largest municipally-run project in the state.

This week, the city formally launched the new website in an effort to update citizens on the two-lane, 1.8 mile roadway project.

“I wanted the site to be easy for people to navigate, especially those neighbors impacted by the construction,” said Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. “We are trying to make it as user-friendly as possible.”

The website includes frequent construction updates, details on different project phases, budget plans, maps, a contractor list, project team contacts and more.

The Broad Street Parkway, which will cost more than $60 million, will provide another crossing over the Nashua River and allow motorists to bypass Amherst Street, possibly alleviating downtown traffic and potentially attracting more business to the Millyard Technology Park.

There was an old website reserved for the Broad Street Parkway; however, Lozeau said it contained a significant amount of history. The new site, she said, focuses more on what is taking place and what is expected in the coming weeks and months.

According to the new website, the parkway will improve access between the Broad Street interchange with the F.E. Everett Turnpike and the westerly edge of downtown Nashua.

“The parkway begins at a new signalized intersection at Broad Street between Blue Hill Avenue and the existing railroad crossing. Following a route adjacent to the existing railroad corridor, the parkway will pass beneath reconstructed bridges at Baldwin Street as well as Fairmount Street,” according to the site. “At the Nashua River, the parkway alignment will turn away from the railroad and cross the river with a new bridge, touching down in the heart of the historic Millyard.”

Work has already begun on Baldwin Street, and the bridge there is expected to be completed by the start of the next school year.

Work on the Fairmount Street Bridge will begin once Baldwin Street is finished, and that section of the project should be completed in about a year. The new Nashua River Bridge will be finished prior to that, with an opening date planned for May 1, 2015.

Currently, earthwork for the parkway is progressing in the northern portion of the roadway, while a temporary trestle in the river is being constructed to provide access for bridge construction, according to the most recent construction update issued earlier this month.

Drilling for the River Bridge foundation will commence in the coming weeks, as work on the parkway west of Fairmount Street will continue, according to the update. Meanwhile, work is continuing at the Nashua River south abutment in preparation for the foundation construction.

A significant amount of asbestos has been located within the northern portion of the roadway work and has been disposed of, according to the update.

“It is going well. So far, things are progressing,” Lozeau said Wednesday.To visit the new website, go to gonashua.com and click on Broad Street Parkway in the right-hand column.

khoughton@newstote.com


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