Market Street is a major gateway to the City of Portsmouth. The road is the main access route to the City's central business district and the Woodbury Ave commercial area from Interstate 95 and the Route 1 Bypass as well as to the working waterfront including the NH State Port Authority terminal and Granite State Minerals bulk storage site. The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is located along this section of road as is the Albacore Submarine Park.
In 2008, the Cecil Group prepared a study and conceptual plan for streetscape improvements along this section of Market Street. The 2008 concept plan presented a series of phased improvements to the corridor some of which have taken place. Improvements completed to date include installation of concrete sidewalks, granite curbing, pedestrian scale lighting, and street trees from Deer St to Russell St as well as associated drainage, utility work and roadway improvements. In 2003, a new sidewalk and a bike lane were added between Michael Succi Drive and the New Hampshire Port Authority with funding from a Federal Congestion-Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) Grant. In 2012, traffic pattern improvements were completed at the I-95 Exit 7 Interchange as part of a NHDOT project.
The next step in the implementation process is to create a design and preliminary construction plan that will: cohesively connect and enhance this critical transportation corridor; accommodate all travelers in compliance with the City's recently adopted Complete Streets Policy, Walk Friendly Communities Policy, and Bike Friendly Communities Policy; and create an attractive and inviting gateway to our City's waterfront and historic downtown. The City is working with the consulting team of RSG and Richardson & Associates on this project. Building off the 2008 conceptual plan, the scope of work for this project includes development of construction and design plans, public review and input, permitting, bid specifications, and cost estimates for final implementation.
- Public Meeting Presentation Materials (December 10, 2013)