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(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that her request to enhance the Broad Street Parkway and Nashua River Bridge has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen secured $500,000 to add sidewalks to Broad Street and the Nashua River Bridge, and connect them with existing sidewalks in the Millyard. The legislation will now go to the full Senate for final passage.

"This project will help make Nashua a more pedestrian friendly city, and will help increase foot traffic to area businesses," said Shaheen. "We must continue to invest in our communities so that they can enhance infrastructure that supports economic growth."

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau was pleased with the announcement.  She said, "The City requested this federal funding to help offset cuts we were forced to make due to rising construction costs.  Thanks to Sen. Shaheen, an important element of the Broad Street Parkway/Nashua River Bridge Project will now be able to go forward, providing critical access for pedestrians across the Nashua River.  This will go a long way to helping the Millyard District be an enjoyable place to walk."

The funds will contribute to a $60 million Nashua initiative to construct a 1.8 mile two-lane parkway connecting Broad Street to Pine and West Hollis Streets. Once completed, the full project will greatly improve east-west mobility in Nashua, connecting the F.E. Everett Turnpike to downtown Nashua, the Millyard and the Front/Franklin Street Mill District.

The funding was approved by the Appropriations Committee as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which includes $3.5 million for projects in New Hampshire.