Pedestrian bridge to be repaired

Connects middle school to neighborhood

Staff photo by CHRIS GAROFOLO Nashua officials are looking to repair the Henri Burque pedestrian bridge during the 2017 construction season. A state transportation department inspection found the substructure had a low rating because of deterioration of the pier caps at the point where it sustains the bridge bearing pads over where the steel superstructure rests.

NASHUA – The city is set to spend $162,000 to repair the Henri Burque pedestrian bridge, connecting Pennichuck Middle School to the Manchester Street neighborhood.

While most of the bridge is in good repair, a recent evaluation from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation found the bridge substructure was in serious need of work. According to city documents, the bridge pier caps are deteriorating.

The planned work includes repair of the concrete on the pier and decking on the school side of the bridge, as well as well as replacement of deteriorated curbing on the west side of the structure.

The bridge allows students to walk to the middle school from Manchester Street without dealing with the busy traffic on the Henri Burque Highway. The bridge, completely chained-in across the roadway and along both sides of the street, goes directly over the highway.

The work is expected to be completed within the 2017 construction season, which can extend into late fall. A contract between the city and construction company, R.M. Piper Inc of Plymouth, is prepared and expected to be approved this week. The contract states that the work is not to exceed the $162,000 estimate.