Hooksett’s new tower could improve coverage in Bow

A cell tower in Northfield is the same height and design as is proposed for Branch Londonderry Turnpike in Bow.

A cell tower in Northfield is the same height and design as is proposed for Branch Londonderry Turnpike in Bow. Leslie Ludkte/Courtesy

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Monitor staff

Published: 04-17-2024 1:43 PM

Hooksett’s plan to replace their emergency radio tower with one integrated with a cell tower could potentially improve cell coverage for certain residents in Bow.

The emergency radio tower located at 98 South Bow Road, which houses emergency services for Hooksett’s police and fire, and for State Police, has been found structurally unsound, according to a study conducted in 2021.

“It wouldn’t be advisable to put any more equipment on there,” said André Garron, Town Administrator. “The new tower was something that we’ve been planning for and now it’s going to hopefully be a reality.”

Under the proposed plan, the new radio tower will incorporate a cell module with Verizon. To implement this, Hooksett will need to obtain a permit modification from Bow.

If this tower is installed, residents in South Bow who have long experienced issues with cell coverage may see improvements if they use Verizon.

The timeline for the emergency radio tower to be replaced is within the next year.

While Hooksett’s tower is in the works, Rising Tide Tower’s 190-foot cell tower in Bow on Branch Londonderry Turnpike should be installed in May, said Dee Treybig, a member of the Bow telecommunications committee.

The tower will have both AT&T and Verizon and it is expected to start providing coverage in September to some areas in Bow.

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