Manchester to apply for federal grant to help fund its overhaul of Main Street, which could cost $15M

The Downtown Manchester Improvements Project is billed as a comprehensive redesign of the Main Street corridor that would enhance safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians while smoothing out the flow of traffic. As for how to pay for its new Main Street, estimated in February to cost between $10 million and $15 million, Manchester hopes that the state and federal governments will foot much of the bill. The town received $7.5 million from the state Department of Economic Development in January, and has also lined up $875,000 in federal community project funding. On Tuesday night, the Board of Directors unanimously approved an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Safe Streets and Roads for All” grant program that is expected to cover the remainder if awarded.

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