In 2008, the City developed a conceptual plan for the Market Street Gateway from Kearsarge Street to Russell Street. From this planning study the following goals were developed:
• Develop a memorable gateway to downtown
• Slow traffic and improve safety
• Orient visitors to attractions - Wayfinding
• Provide useful public spaces and meaningful connections
• Enhance pedestrian/bicycle movement
• Develop streetscape that will unify disparate district elements
• Create an identity for this historic area
In order to meet these goals, the City hired RSG, Inc., to gather public input and develop a design that included complete street elements (bicycle, transit and pedestrian features), a wayfinding signage plan, coordination with State DOT during the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge construction, lighting, median landscaping with storm water bio-remediation and two parks.
The preliminary construction plans and landscape design developed by RSG Inc., were presented for final public input before the final design plans and specifications were completed and the project put out for bids.
The first phase of the construction was installation of improvements from Deer Street to Russell Street. The second phase was construction of improvements from Kearsarge Way to Albacore Way in coordination with NH DOT for I-95 intersection and bicycle/pedestrian improvements in accordance with the City’s Complete Streets policy.
The final phase of the project from Albacore Way to Russell Street is scheduled for the 2019 construction Season and will include construction of all project elements plus traffic signals and a crosswalk at Albacore Way (funded in part by NH DOT as part of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement), a CuttsCove waterfront park and a North Mill Pond pocket park in the final section of the gateway. The City anticipates bidding thisfinal phase of the project in late fall/winter of 2018 for construction in late 2019.
- Public Meeting Presentation Materials (December 10, 2013)