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Goffstown declines to fund construction of road mostly in Manchester

GOFFSTOWN — Town officials have decided not to fund the construction of a new road that would be primarily in Manchester.

The road would have been part of the improvements to 3.5 miles of Interstate 293 between Exit 5 and Exit 7.

The project would aim to help alleviate some of the safety and capacity concerns in that area.

Some of the proposed ideas include adding a new travel lane in both directions and redesigning the interchanges at Exit 6 and Exit 7.

Project developers are still in the planning phases. One aspect of the project that had been discussed was a road that would connect Dunbarton Road and Goffstown Road.

Overall, the road connector project would have cost about $8 million, which would include any land acquisition and construction.

State turnpike funding would not be available for the project because it doesn’t benefit turnpike drivers, though federal funding could become available, officials said.

Though the road would benefit Goffstown residents, it’s located mostly in Manchester.

If Manchester allowed Goffstown to fund that part of the project, Goffstown would be responsible for about 20 percent of that cost — just under $2 million.

Town officials were initially interested in the idea of the road to allow truck access through that part of town. Until recently trucks hadn’t been allowed down Goffstown Road, but a court ruling changed that.

Selectmen were skeptical of the idea at their meeting in March when the details of the road and how it would be funded were presented to them.

“Personally, I don’t see where it helps us that much,” said Peter Georgantas, then-board chairman, at that meeting.

Town Administrator Adam Jacobs said a letter was sent to the state’s Department of Transportation, as well as Manchester city officials, saying that Goffstown wasn’t interested in funding the project.

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