New footbridge officially open

NASHUA – After months of anticipation, a footbridge connecting the Tree Streets Neighborhood to Mine Falls Park by crossing the Nashua River Canal officially opened on Monday.

“It’s been an objective of the city for a long time to improve access for many of the residents and kids who want to use the park via this bridge,” Mayor Jim Donchess said at the site.

Officials from the city and neighborhood organizations gathered to unveil this structure, which bridges the canal on the corner of Everett and Ledge streets. Although work was delayed on this project, it is now open just in time for summer, and will offer area residents a quick shortcut from downtown Nashua to the natural beauty embedded along the trails on the city’s 325-acre park.

Aside from connecting this neighborhood, the bridge also connects the Nashua River Rail Trail via Everett Street so pedestrians and bicyclists can navigate the area. Donchess made sure to thank each entity involved with making this project a reality. After some brief remarks, he led those in attendance across the bridge toward the park.

Moreover, Donchess said New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials allocated federal money through a TAP grant (Transportation Alternative Project) which granted the city 80% of the money necessary to build this bridge. He said without that, the city could not have paid for the bridge.

Director of Community Development Sarah Marchant said although the project took a bit longer than expected to complete, that she is happy to finally have it finished. She also said its opening comes just in time for the end of the school year, with kids from the Nashua Police Athletic League’s camp excited to use it.

“The bridge looks fantastic,” Donchess said. “I’ve already seen people using it, again, providing better access to one of our beautiful parks for people in this neighborhood.”

He said Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc. designed the project, while George R. Cairns & Sons Inc. served as the construction manager.

The project features more than just the footbridge, as there is also a crosswalk from Everett Street to the bridge. There are also flashing beacons to alert motorists to slow down for those crossing in and out of the park.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.