Public Hearing on July 28, 2014
July, 2014 Update
The long anticipated South Street Improvements Project, originally initiated by the Downtown Ongoing Improvement Team (DO-IT, now known as the Milford Improvement Team (MIT) is fully funded and the funds have been appropriated from a combination of three sources: a federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant, federal Special Purpose funds, and local matching dollars. These fund sources are committed and are available to construct the project.
The project has required complex utility design and coordination with Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), Comcast, and Fairpoint Communications to insure that the undergrounding of the overhead utilities from Union Square southerly to the First Church of Christ Scientist minimizes impacts to abutting properties and businesses. From the First Church of Christ Scientist to the railroad the overhead utility poles will be relocated to the west side of the sidewalk and off the hazardous curb line. South Street itself will be widened from Union Square south to the Church creating a much safer and less congested street. New sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of the street and lighting will be replaced with streetlamps similar to those on the Oval. Most of the utility relocation occurs on private property and easements are needed, and the legal requirements associated with acquisition, title research, public notices and hearings, appraisals, and final FHWA and NHDOT review, approval, and advertising rules must be followed.
The engineering plans have been prepared by CLD Consulting Engineers, a firm experienced in negotiating through the various bureaucratic hurdles. The firm has guided the Town with expert assistance and has been responsive to Town costs and issues. A required public hearing for the South Street Improvements Project is scheduled for Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Room in Town Hall. It is anticipated the project will be ready for NHDOT to advertise this fall, with utility relocation the first phase. Throughout the project’s construction efforts will be made to keep impacts to abutting property owners, residents, and the general public as minimal as possible. The result will be the long-awaiting extension of the 1995 Oval improvements down South Street, creating a safer, and more pleasing gateway into the center of Town.
Bill Parker, Director of Community Development