Nashua cleared to begin work on Manchester Street Bridge
"We have delayed this a couple of times because of the eagles," said Gerry Reppucci, chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
"We need to keep that nest protected for the long haul," Mendola told the board. The typical breeding period for bald eagles is February to April, with the birds capable of flying and leaving their nests by July, said Mendola, adding they could decide to return to the nest.
The Manchester Street Bridge has been on the municipal red-list of substandard bridges since 2008 because of structural deficiencies. The small bridge, which is over Pennichuck Brook between Nashua and Merrimack, is intended to be rebuilt with a larger paved width, safer cross slope and updated railing over the drinking water reservoir.
City staff and engineers have been working with the state Division of Historical Resources and the Department of Environmental Services to mitigate the design's impact on existing wetlands.
"This project is jointly managed," Mendola said. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is funding 80 percent, while the city is contributing 15 percent of the cost and the town of Merrimack is contributing 5 percent.
"It is long overdue to have this bridge replaced," Alderman Richard Dowd, Ward 2, told the board. "I'd like to see this go through."
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