Town of Swanzey to begin Phase 2 of Swanzey Center Sidewalk Improvement Project

Press Release - For Immediate Release
For Additional Information Contact:
Michael Branley, Town Administrator mbranley@swanzeynh.gov
603-352-7411 ext. 107
September 19, 2022

Town of Swanzey to begin Phase 2 of Swanzey Center Sidewalk Improvement Project

The Town of Swanzey has engaged JRoy Excavating to work with the Public Works Department to replace an existing section and construct new sidewalks in Swanzey Center. Initial mobilization has begun, with the last old section of sidewalk on Sawyers Crossing Road to be removed soon. Pedestrians should use caution during construction, which is expected to be completed by the middle of October. The project includes the replacement of approximately 280 linear feet of existing sidewalks along Sawyers Crossing Road and 790 linear feet of new asphalt sidewalk being constructed to approximately the intersection with Cedar Road. These Town sidewalk improvements will complement new sidewalks installed as part of the State’s Rt. 32 / Sawyers Crossing Road roundabout project and Phase 1 of improvements last year to reconstruct most of the existing sidewalk.

Swanzey Center is one of the main population centers in Swanzey and includes destinations such as Mt. Caesar Elementary School, Monadnock Regional Middle-High School, Mt. Caesar Union Library, Town Hall, and the Mt. Caesar hiking trails. The area benefits from existing sidewalks that provide an alternative mode of transportation to these destinations, however the old sidewalks are in poor condition and have begun to create tripping hazards for pedestrians. The planned project will improve pedestrian safety, increase the overall sidewalk length and the properties adjacent to it, and hopefully encourage greater usage of the sidewalks.

This project is funded partially by a grant of $50,502 from the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation through the Complete Streets Implementation Grant Program, which focuses on street designs that balance the needs of people walking, bicycling, driving a car, using wheelchairs or other mobility devices, etc. The grant will be supplemented by labor and materials from the Town Public Works Department.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Director of Public Works Joe DiRusso at jdirusso@swanzeynh.gov or 352-7116.

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