Milford’s South Street project on track

MILFORD – In June the town learned that two major road projects, the widening and improvement of South Street, and traffic flow improvements to the Emerson Road/Armory Road/Route 13 intersection, might be delayed because of a cutback in federal funding.

On Monday, the town received word that one of those projects is still on track.

The South Street improvement project is now fully funded by federal transportation enhancement grant funds and special purpose highway funds, as well as voter approved matching funds, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

The next step is a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28, in the selectmen’s meeting room. The project could be ready for advertising for bids this fall, with completion in 2015, according to DOT.

The South Street project involves road widening, moving utilities underground and installing new sidewalks and curbs.

A federal matching grant is expected to pay 80 percent of the $1 million project.

Federal funding for the Route 13/Emerson Road/
Armory Road project, however, is still uncertain, and the state has decided to not schedule additional projects for advertising and construction until funding is certain.

The project involves new turning lanes and signals at a cost of $450,000, with a federal matching grant paying 80 percent as well.

Both projects have seen significant delays and were supposed to begin this year.