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A crew for Defelice Corporation of Dracut, MA, works to install temporary water lines on Palm Street Friday, April 6, 2012. The project is part of preliminary work on the Broad Street Parkway construction.
Saturday, April 7, 2012

Broad Street Parkway construction begins in Tree Street area of city, Palm and Pine streets affected

NASHUA – An early taste of the Broad Street Parkway has begun with a $2 million street project in the city’s Tree Streets area.

The project on Pine and Palm streets includes replacement of some sewer and water lines, particularly on Palm Street. A temporary water main will serve residents until a new, larger water main is installed. Also, new sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks will be installed.

Eventually, when the parkway is built, Pine Street will become one-way headed south and Palm Street will be one-way headed north.

Trucks and traffic will have easy access to downtown from the parkway.

As designed, the parkway will connect Broad Street near the Exit 6 Department of Motor Vehicles substation with the Tree Streets downtown.

The two-lane, limited-access road will pass through the Millyard and cross the Nashua River via a new bridge.

The $68.7 million project will be paid for partly through a $37.6 million city bond and partly through federal money.

The Palm and Pine street portion of the project is paid through the city bond, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said.

Residents who live in the area will be notified when water is shut off for the transition between the temporary and permanent water mains, officials said.

Lighting, sidewalks and pedestrian safety were among the concerns residents raised recently at an informational meeting. As with past meetings concerning the early portion of the Broad Street Parkway, the meeting was held at Palm Square, which sits between Palm and Pine streets in the heart of the neighborhood most affected by the work.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or pmeighan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Meighan on Twitter (@Telegraph_PatM).