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Claremont gets $250,000 grant to repair sidewalks


CLAREMONT — City sidewalks will be repaired under a $250,000 grant awarded through the state Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program.

“It’s an absolute win-win for the city, all the residents and particularly it’s a win for the children and safety,” said SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin.

The grant is one of several being bestowed throughout the state and totaling $1,930,000. Claremont is one of 11 communities chosen, which also include Bristol, Colebrook, Henniker, Hopkinton, Keene, Lebanon, Nashua, Pembroke, Plaistow and Portsmouth.

“This initiative certainly enhances one’s ability to move around the city by improving the sidewalks,” McGoodwin said.

McGoodwin said the SAU supported the effort to apply for the grant, but the credit goes to Police Chief Alexander Scott and City Manager Guy Santagate, who led city and school officials in the effort, he said.

The work repairing deteriorating sidewalks in the city and building new sidewalks to create connections is expected to start in the spring.

mpierce@newstote.com

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