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Concord to hold meetings on third phase of Langley Parkway

Plans are under way for the third phase of Langley Parkway in Concord.

That phase of the project will extend from Pleasant Street north to the intersection of North State, Boutin and Penacook streets.

In a series of informational meetings beginning this week, city engineers will present their plans to residents. Traffic Engineer Rob Mack said design work has not yet begun, but residents can see conceptual plans at the meetings.

“It’s not set in stone as design,” Mack said. “It’s a map that shows roughly where the corridor’s going to be. There’s different options for intersections, lanes and shoulders and things like that.”

The third phase of the Langley Parkway is scheduled for construction in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Plans for the Langley Parkway began decades ago, as city officials hoped to relieve congestion, provide a bypass through the city and reduce travel time for emergency vehicles going to Concord Hospital.

The road currently runs from Clinton Street to the hospital campus on Pleasant Street.

A short first phase was completed in the 1990s. The city began working in partnership with Concord Hospital and St. Paul’s School in 2000 toward the construction of the second phase, which opened in 2008. That portion was delayed in court for several years, as the city fought to move a house belonging to the Tuttle family, and the two parties could not agree on a new location.

The third phase, a 1.6 mile, two-lane road, will pass through Concord Hospital’s medical campus.

Tomorrow night, the city will host a meeting for residents in the Auburn Street area. It will begin at 6 p.m. in the library of Bishop Brady High School, at 25 Columbus Ave.

On Thursday, a second meeting will focus on the Penacook Street neighborhood. It also begins at 6 p.m. in Bishop Brady’s library.

A third meeting, scheduled Nov. 21, will include a presentation on the entire project. That meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the city council’s chambers on Green Street.

The meetings will include time for public input.

“Public input is an important component of this study and will be reflected in the final report to city council,” City Manager Tom Aspell wrote in his weekly newsletter.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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