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Engineers to discuss downtown project

BENNINGTON — Residents are invited to come to the VFW today to meet with engineers who will design the second phase of the downtown project aimed at beautifying downtown and making roads safer.

The Selectmen are holding the public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the VFW for any town residents interested to learn about and discuss the scope of the downtown project. According to Selectman Steven Osienski, this phase will include adding sidewalks that extend from downtown to near the Monadnock Paper Mill, water line redirectioning, rerouting hydrants and making the intersection of Bible Hill Road and Route 31 safer. “It’s a fairly dangerous intersection there,” Osienski said.

Construction for this second phase is set to begin in 2015, Osienski said. Discussions regarding the project began in 2009; the first phase was completed about three years ago. The renovations that were part of the first phase included refurbishing all downtown sidewalks, new parking for the Pierce Elementary School and rerouted water and sewer lines.

Funds for the second phase were approved by voters last year, Osienski said.

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