Fiorentini: State Speeds Routes 108/110 Reconstruction By One Year

Kenoza Lake, Haverhill.

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Haverhill’s mayor says the upcoming reconstruction of the Route 108 and 110 intersection near Kenoza Lake is happening a year sooner than expected because another town wasn’t ready.

As first reported by WHAV last December, Winnekenni Park is expected to benefit from a new sidewalk connection as the state moves ahead with the $2.1 million reconfiguration. According to the state Department of Transportation, the intersection will be realigned to an angle allowing improved truck movements. Besides the sidewalk connection across the street, a currently paved area will be converted to grass, a dedicated turn lane will be added on Route 110 and sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes will be installed.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini said in a Friday statement, “The plan was to do this in 2022, but another roadway project in a nearby town was delayed, so the funds became available to us a year early.” He added, however, “We have to move on this quickly and get the design done by the fall in order to qualify. This is why we make it a priority to have money in reserve, so we can move fast when an opportunity like this comes up.”

The city’s share of the project is to pay $207,000 in design costs. Fiorentini plans to ask the Haverhill City Council Tuesday to approve the spending at Tuesday’s meeting in City Hall.

Under the proposed new schedule, work would begin in 2021, with project completion likely by the end of 2022.

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