Nashua mayor says traffic rotary could be catalyst
Last week, the Board of Public Works gave its approval for the $3.6 million roundabout at the intersection where East Hollis Street and Canal Street meet Bridge Street, and earlier this week the Board of Aldermen sealed the deal voting 11-3 in support of the project.
Some city officials believe that a roundabout, as opposed to the existing signal intersection, will help connect various properties, increase safety and improve traffic flow at the busy intersection.
Earlier this year, aldermen approved a separate, $1.4 million purchase of two parcels at 25 Crown St. that will be used as a park-and-ride facility and possibly, in the future, a train station.
Renaissance Downtowns, LLC, is spearheading the housing project, which includes three and four-story multi-family residential buildings, a community center, restaurant with a balcony overlooking the water, courtyards, park, community pool and boulevard.
Steve Dookran, the city engineer, said he is hopeful that the adjacent development project by Renaissance Downtowns will coordinate well with the roundabout construction.
Tracy Pappas, public works commissioner, voted against the roundabout. Some constituents have raised concerns about a roundabout possibly causing traffic delays during snow storms or other occasions, according to Pappas.
Construction of the roundabout is expected to take place in 2016 or 2017.
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