May 9, 2015 11:43 AM
Manchester ready to invest in improving city roads
MANCHESTER- The city is fighting back against potholes after the Mayor and Board of Aldermen this week approved bonding for $6 million to improve city roads.
Public Works Director Kevin Sheppard said the department was eager to start the project soon because contractors who are able to do projects of this scale and scope are hard to come by at this time of year.
“There are really three contractors that do this work,” Sheppard was quoted by the Union Leader. “That’s why we want to get this bid out.”
Half of the money will go toward milling and overlaying 8.6 miles of roads. The other $3 million would go toward crack sealing, preservation treatment and resurfacing -- and in some cases complete reconstruction of severely damaged roads, the department indicated. All together, about 52 miles of roadway are slated to be worked on over the next year.
Those roads include: River, Goffstown Back, Bodwell, Hooksett, West Haven, Island Pond, Cilley, Mammoth and Weston roads; and Penacook, Whitford, Second, Canal, Union, Maple, Merrimack, Hanover and Amherst streets.
The $6 million bond is the first step in a long-term plan to overhaul and better maintain city streets.