Route 101 improvement plans continue to progress in Bedford
Part of the process includes 25 public forums hosted by the Governor's Advisory Committee on Intermodal Transportation and the state Department of Transportation across the state on its 10-year transportation plan.
"The (advisory committee) hearing is being held in Bedford, but it's to hear comments on the state-wide plan," said Levine.
According to the DOT's 2015-24 draft plan as of Sept. 5, the projects for Bedford include replacing a bridge and culvert over Pulpit Brook and Twin Brook Lane for $2.3 million; widening a 2-mile stretch to five lanes along Route 101 from Route 114 to Wallace Road for $8 million; Route 114 bridge and culvert replacement for $1.8 million; Wallace Road bridge rehabilitation over Riddle Brook for $297,000; Cider Mill Road bridge replacement over McQuade Brook for $482,000; Catesby Lane bridge replacement over McQuade Brook for $725,000; Beals Road bridge replacement over Baboosic Brook for $1 million; and a $18.5 million expansion of the Bedford toll plaza on the F.E. Everett Turnpike for construction of open road tolling final design and construction contingent on future toll increase.
Levine said the Route 101 project is expected to go to bid in fall 2016, with construction beginning in 2017.
"The overall message is that the project is progressing," Levine said.
Jean said he is also hopeful about the plan after meeting with the DOT.
The transportation plan undergoes a two-year cycle beginning with the state's nine regional planning commissions' review of the proposed projects, which are then ranked and recommendations are sent to the DOT.
Upcoming Governor's Advisory Committee on Intermodal Transportation forums include: Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Keene Parks and Recreation, 312 Washington St.; Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., at the Epping Town Hall, 157 Main St.; Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Nashua at the City Auditorium, 229 Main St.; Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Terminal at Pease Transit Center, 185 Grafton Drive; Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square; and on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., at Peterborough Town Hall, 1 Grove St.
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