Public Use & Necessity Hearing, October 14, 2021 (Legal Notice)
The City Council is hosting a meeting and hearing on the Public Use and Necessity of a Highway Layout Petition for the Peverly Hill Road Improvement Project on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The meeting will convene in City Hall Council Chambers at 5 pm, move immediately to a site walk on Peverly Hill Road (meet at New Hope Baptist Church, 263 Peverly Hill Road) and then recess and reconvene in City Hall Council Chambers.
For all meeting presentation slides and background information, click on the links below.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MON JUL 12, 2021. For a recording of the meeting, click here.
NEIGHBORHOOD INPUT MEETING MON JUN 28, 2021. For a recording of the meeting, click here.
The purpose of the meeting was to follow-up on the public site walk held on April 3, 2021. The meeting gives the public an additional opportunity to see and discuss the project limits and easements that will be necessary along the roadway corridor. City staff will be present to provide information and answer questions.
PEVERLY HILL ROAD PROJECT REPORT BACK TO CITY COUNCIL, Mon Apr 19. For a recording of that meeting, click here.
Lack of adequate drainage, narrow road cross section and right of way width have long been significant challenges to reconstruction of this busy roadway. The City has obtained a State/Federal grant to help fund improvements that will link the Middle Road/Portsmouth Plains area to the Route 1 corridor. The State funding for the project comes from the Federal Congestion Management and Air Quality program. The funding requires that the project be separated into distinct phases of Engineering/Conceptual Design, Preliminary Design, Final Design, and Construction. State and Federal review and approval of each phase of the project is required before the City can receive additional funding to proceed on to the next phase of the project.
Based on public comments and feedback during the Conceptual Design stage, the preferred alternative provides a shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path on the south side of the roadway, and a sidewalk along the north side of the road.
During the Preliminary Design stage, the City is developing plans to address resident comments received at the last public meeting in March 2019. These revisions required additional field surveying and an increase in the project scope and fee. This request has now been approved by the NH DOT and the revisions are in progress.
Once the revised plans are completed, individual land owners will be contacted where changes were made to address their concerns, and then the revised Preliminary Design plans will be submitted to the DOT for review and approval.
Then, after NH DOT gives their approval on the Preliminary Design plans, the right-of-way process can begin, to obtain the necessary easements and land required to construct the project. Preparation of the Final Design plans would also commence at this time. It is expected that the right-of-way process and Final Design will take approximately a year, with construction possibly beginning as soon as 2022.