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Peterborough footbridge and parking lot project delayed again

Selectmen to decide next week if parking lot will open this winter

  • A footbridge connecting the Riverwalk parking lot in Peterborough to Depot Park is being put into place this week. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Crews have been working since this summer on the new Riverwalk parking lot in Peterborough since the summer. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:43AM

The bridge connecting the newly constructed Riverwalk parking lot to Peterborough’s downtown is going in, but whether the lot will be available for use this winter is in the air.

“They’re setting the bridge right now, so that’s a plus,” Keith Dupuis, owner of Jaffrey’s Mountain Shadows, who has been heading the construction of the lot, said Monday. 

The bridge will be put into place this week.

With the region’s first snow last week, however, whether or not final touches on the lot will be able to be finished this year, or have to wait until the snowmelt in April is in question. 

The town already planned to finish the landscaping on the lot in the spring, but originally planned to finish construction and have the lot open for parking this year. Weather delays, including rain earlier in the fall and now snow, have caused several delays. 

“It depends a lot on the weather,” Dupuis said. “If it warms up and stays nice, we may be able to finish some of it.”

The parking lot still needs a final topcoat of paving, finishing the curbing and sidewalks on either side of the entrance to the parking lot, and concrete approaches on either side of the bridge once it’s finished being installed, which should be this week. 

Whether the town will be able to open the lot for parking this winter will be a decision for the Select Board, Dupuis said. While the lot could accommodate parking, it will be more susceptible to damage from plowing without the final coat, and without the concrete approaches on the bridge. 

“Next week, if we cant make the parking lot and bridge safe we will leave the lot closed till spring. We will make the decision next week,” wrote Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Monday.

One piece Dupuis said is scheduled to be finished this year is lighting.

Riverwalk has been designated a 24-hour parking lot by the Select Board, with permits for 72-hour parking available.

When the Grove Street lot is completed and open for parking, the Select Board has voted to make the 24-hour parking spaces in the municipal lot adjacent to the Peterborough Community Theater 4-hour parking to encourage all-day parkers to use the new lot, and access downtown via the bridge.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.