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Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

Alan Rau looks over maps with Peter Walker, environmental services director at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., during one of many informational meetings held in the past few years concerning the design of the Broad Street Parkway. This meeting was on Aug., 2010, at the Welcome Center off exit 6 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nashua aldermen approve Broad Street Parkway design contract

NASHUA – After lengthy discussion about government transparency, the historic value of buildings and the need for modern transportation, aldermen Tuesday approved a $1.5 million contract for a firm that will design the Broad Street Parkway.

A Burlington, Mass., firm will start designing the parkway that will connect Broad Street with the downtown Millyard.

But the awarding of the contract drew to the meeting residents who oppose how the parkway will demolish part or all of some historic structures.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau also gave an overview of how the route of the parkway was conceived, a pointed response to Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly’s previous criticism that the city had not been transparent.

And Alderman-at-Large Mark Cookson failed in an attempt to reduce the contract to $500,000. The majority of aldermen concurred the parkway had been delayed too long to face yet another stoppage.

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