MANCHESTER (December 8, 2008) – Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta will be officially unveiling the newly-christened “Senator Judd Gregg Bridge,” which spans the Merrimack River and is the official gateway to downtown. This is part of the Granite Street ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be happening on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at Jillian’s Restaurant; 50 Philippe Cote Drive; Manchester.
Along with Sen. Gregg and Mayor Guinta, scheduled to speak at the event will be New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, New Hampshire Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner Jeff Brillhart; and Manchester Director of Public Works Kevin Sheppard. Also in attendance will be management and staff of CLD Consulting Engineers of Manchester; members of the southern New Hampshire business community; state and local government officials; and members of the Board of Aldermen and the New Hampshire Legislature.
“I am proud that we are here to honor the completion of the Granite Street project, but also to honor our senior senator (Judd Gregg) by naming this bridge after him.” Mayor Guinta said. “Sen. Gregg’s hard work to secure more than $15 million in federal funds was instrumental in making this important project a reality. I am happy to be a part of this occasion.”
About the Granite Street Project
The Granite Street project began with a hearing with the Department of Transportation in 2000 and broke ground as a three-phase project in 2005. Phase I involved infrastructure improvements west of Interstate 293, was started in June 2005 and finished in May 2008. Phase II involved the completion of the Sen. Judd Gregg Bridge, which started in autumn 2005 and finished in June 2008. Phase III involved infrastructure improvements east of Interstate 293, which began in spring 2007 and finished in December 2008. The $24 million project consisted of nearly $16.7 million in federal funds, including an initial $15 million, with $7.8 million being paid by the City of Manchester.