December 15, 2009

(Washington, D.C.)-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 and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama later this week. Shaheen secured $487,000, as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, to add sidewalks to Broad Street and the Nashua River Bridge and to connect them with existing sidewalks in the Millyard.

"Investing in infrastructure will help create jobs and spur economic growth during this difficult economy," said Shaheen. "This project will help make Nashua a more pedestrian friendly city, and will help increase foot traffic to area businesses."

"The city requested this federal funding to help offset cuts we were forced to make due to rising construction costs," said Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. "Thanks to Senator 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 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.

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