Plaistow has money to spend on intersection
PLAISTOW — Thanks to a grant that helps pay for road improvements near schools, the town may be able to begin work on the intersection of Main and Elm streets late next summer.
With matching funds that were approved by selectmen earlier this year, the town now has more than $300,000 to apply toward pedestrian safety measures at the intersection.
"We were successful in getting the Safe Routes to School grant," said Planning Board member Tim Moore. "We have the money to improve the intersection at Elm Street and Main Street. That includes the installation of sidewalks and the repair of some that are in need."
Once the town gets the final letter from the state to proceed, Moore said the next step will be to finish up preliminary engineering design for the project, then put the project out to bid for final design and construction.
Selectmen Chairman Robert Gray noted that selectmen serve as the town's road agents, and that his board and the Planning Board will have to work together if any of the master plan changes are to become a reality.
Gray also said that while the Planning Board has made some recommendations for areas it sees as a high priority for improvements, selectmen have taken no action on those recommendations.
"We want to focus our lens to help prioritize some of our efforts," said Fitzgerald. "It will help us look carefully at state and federal funds that might be available."