Letter: Important project for Main Street
The residents of Concord should be pleased that our local government saw a need to upgrade Main Street, applied for and received a $4.71 million grant.
To the many people who believe we should not accept the money, think about it this way: The government has this money and is going to award it to a city for improvements. Why would we want to not accept it and let it go somewhere else?
We should think of the positive things this will do for Main Street. It will help beautify downtown. Wider sidewalks will encourage businesses and restaurants to move merchandise outside on the sidewalks. Changing the sidewalks will eliminate the two-step curb, which will make it a safer place. Putting in heated sidewalks will not only make it safer for the customers that shop Main Street during the winter months, but will also help decrease sidewalk snowplowing costs during the winter.
Reducing the lanes will make it a safer place to cross the street.
To those who think it will not work, have you driven down Elm Street in Manchester recently? It is two lanes with a turning lane, and it works just fine. My one question to the Main Street committee: Are you looking at the lights at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets and Main and Centre streets? With only one lane going each way, it will create a backup for those waiting at the lights unless the lights change more often.
Thank you to our local government for seeing this opportunity and running with it. Let’s continue to beautify our state capital.