Public Meeting on Market Street Gateway Improvement Plans

 

December 2, 2013


PORTSMOUTH, NH –A public meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Levenson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library to gather input on draft plans to improve the Market Street Gateway from Kearsarge Road to Russell Street. The plans for public review build off the initial conceptual plan prepared in 2008 for streetscape improvements along this section of Market Street. According to Public Works Director Peter Rice, "The next step in the project implementation process is to create a design and preliminary construction plan that will cohesively connect and enhance this critical transportation corridor."


The 2008 concept plan presented a series of phased improvements to the corridor – some of which have already taken place. Improvements completed to date include installation of concrete sidewalks, granite curbing, pedestrian scale lighting, and street trees from Deer Street to Russell Street, 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.


At the December 10th meeting, the City's staff and consultants, RSG, Inc. and Richardson and Associates, will present draft plans in keeping with the initial project goal to create an attractive, safe and inviting gateway to the City's historic downtown – which will include landscaped medians, waterfront parks and pedestrian scale lighting. The plan also incorporates strategies that comply with the City's recently adopted Complete Streets Policy, Walk Friendly Communities Policy, and Bike Friendly Communities Policy. 


The public meeting on Tuesday, December 10, will be recorded and rebroadcast later on Channel 22 and the City's website (http://www.cityofportsmouth.com). A description of this project and the 2008 corridor study and concept plan can be viewed on the City's Planning Department website: http://www.planportsmouth.com/marketstgateway.html.    
An interactive web tool will be involved in this project for the public to view plans and provide feedback; details of the tool will be described at the meeting. Anyone with questions may contact Nancy Carmer, Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Portsmouth at (603) 610-7220 or by email: nmcarmer@cityofportsmouth.com