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Engineering News in NH

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Box Culvert Replacement on US 302 (Main St.)

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a combined Public Officials/Public Informational Meeting in Bethlehem to explain the need to replace an existing multi-material culvert with a new concrete box culvert, which carries a tributary of Barrett Brook under US Route 302 (Main Street). The project scope includes reconstructing approximately 600 feet of US 302 from NH 142 (Maple Street) to Congress Street, including improvements to parking lots on the north side of US 302.

The project is scheduled for construction in 2018 and will include phased construction maintaining traffic with lane shifts.

This public meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2107 at 7:00 pm, at the Bethlehem Town Hall, 2155 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH.

The purpose of this meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding the proposed project and to solicit public input in order to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs, community goals, and protect and enhance the environment. Accordingly, NHDOT assures that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure nondiscrimination.

This project may have an effect of historic properties. Owners of properties determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places that abut the project alternatives may have an opportunity to become consulting parties. Additional information will be provided at the public informational meeting.

Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication equipment due to sensory impairment or other disability, should contact the Bureau of Right-of-Way, NHDOT, PO Box 483, Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0483 or call 603-271-3222 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964. Notification for the need of assistance should be made at the earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need any additional information regarding the proposed project, call (603) 271-2171.

Other information about the project can be found on the NHDOT web site at http://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/specifics.htm.

NHDES Awards Wetlands Protection Grants

$2,403,740 Provided to Twenty Projects

CONCORD, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Program has awarded funding from the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund for twenty projects totaling $2,403,740.

The NHDES ARM Fund, established by law, is a mitigation option for certain projects impacting wetlands and not able to provide other forms of mitigation. An ARM Fund Site Selection Committee is charged with identifying proposals to be funded by selecting high priority projects that most effectively compensate for the loss of functions and values from the projects that paid into the Fund. According to the law, the projects determined to be appropriate for receipt of ARM Fund monies are subject to approval by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.

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