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Nashua holding neighborhood meeting on Broad Street Parkway progress Thursday

NASHUA – Residents living near the site of the future Broad Street Parkway are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting Thursday at Amherst Street Elementary School to hear about the progress of the project and share their thoughts and concerns.

The city is hosting an informational meeting in the school cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. ...

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NASHUA – Residents living near the site of the future Broad Street Parkway are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting Thursday at Amherst Street Elementary School to hear about the progress of the project and share their thoughts and concerns.

The city is hosting an informational meeting in the school cafeteria from 6-8 p.m.

Work on the northern leg of the parkway is beginning to wind down as contractors near completion of the new Baldwin Street Bridge. The area is scheduled to reopen to traffic by the beginning of November. The bridge abutments are complete and the bridge deck has been poured.

Elsewhere on the parkway route, cement slabs have been poured and the sidewalk panels are ready to be installed. A retaining wall is 95 percent complete, and 2,040 linear feet of the parkway has been paved, according to the latest construction update provided by the city.

Earth work is continuing east of the bridge, and installation of a drainage system has been completed.

Liberty Utilities has replaced at least 152 feet of gas main on Baldwin Street, and workers were expected to begin installing curbing this month and
continue relocating telephone poles.

Workers engaged in contract for the Nashua River Bridge and Fairmount Street Bridge encountered more challenging conditions as they attempted to drill into the bedrock at the Fairmount Street river crossing.

The site has been cleared, and contractors erected a temporary trestle in the river to provide access to the bridge during construction, but they faced difficulties installing shaft foundations for the bridge.

As a result, progress on the contract is running about three months behind, parkway project manager John Vancor recently told the Board of Public Works.

“It’s a big operation. They’re having trouble getting them in,” Vancor said of the shafts, which require crews to drill 6 feet into bedrock before they can “socket” the support posts into the rock.

The issue doesn’t necessarily jeopardize the parkway’s August 2015 completion date, Vancor said, but the city is contemplating the possibility of charging the contractor for the delay.

The 1.8-mile parkway will be a two-lane road connecting Broad Street near the Exit 6 Welcome Center to Pine and West Hollis streets downtown.

Once completed, the project is expected to greatly improve east-west mobility in Nashua, connecting the F.E. Everett Turnpike to downtown, the Millyard and the Front/Franklin street mill district. The latest projections put the cost of the project at close to $64.4 million.

The Board of Public Works on Thursday approved a variety of Parkway-related items, among them a roughly $350,000 agreement with a Nashua contractor for demolition and renovation work on the Millyard building known as Storehouse No. 2 and an expenditure of about $65,000 to replace the Millyard fire pump.

The board also voted in favor of a contract to do “retrofit” work on Storehouse No. 2 in an amount not to exceed $43,000.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).