Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NH Register: Group Eyes Walkable Whalley Avenue

"The ever-growing “safe streets” movement in the city has come to Whalley Avenue, and residents see the state’s proposed reconstruction of that road as the best place to start.

"The Coalition for a Livable Whalley will hold a workshop at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel at 6 p.m. Thursday with the goal of redesigning the state Department of Transportation’s plan to emphasize traffic calming and pedestrian safety as quickly as possible.

"The state plan, which has been in the works for decades, proposes a widening of Whalley between Emerson Street, just outside the Westville Village center, and Route 69 in the Amity neighborhood. While community leader Chris Heitmann found some merit in the plan, “the DOT sees the new road accommodating over 40,000 cars a day, which nobody wants.”

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