RAISE Manchester is a $30 million investment in making Manchester’s Downtown and Millyard transportation and pedestrian corridors safer, more walkable, bikeable and less congested, while creating opportunities for future growth.

The first public meeting to present this project on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, can be viewed here.

Better, Safer Motoring

RAISE Manchester will enhance mobility, reduce traffic congestion, increase safety, and create more access for public safety vehicles which will shorten response times considerably. It will reduce traffic congestion on Granite Street during peak hours and help avoid gridlock caused by train crossings with the construction of South Commercial Street Extension and a multi-modal bridge over the active CSX rail line. It will connect Downtown and the Millyard to South Willow with a new section of roadway (Gas Street Ext) which includes a bridge over an abandoned railroad corridor and will create safety and structure at the challenging intersection of South Willow Street, Cilley Road, and the Queen City Avenue.

Improved Walkability

Have you ever wished for a pedestrian bridge over Granite Street’s seven lanes of traffic? A multi-modal bridge for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians over the active CSX rail line at South Commercial Street?  How about cleaning up sections of abandoned rail near Gas Street and paving a trail that is a key piece of the 120-mile Granite State Rail Trail? What about sidewalks and pedestrian crossings for the first time ever at a key intersection on South Willow Street?  If your answer was yes to any of these, then you’re in luck, RAISE Manchester will do all that.

For and By Manchester

Many of the central ideas embodied in the RAISE Manchester project came from the city’s 2006 Downtown Strategic Development plan, and more recently, the 2021 Manchester Master Plan. Between 2017 and 2020, multiple studies, initiatives, brainstorming sessions and public charrettes have culminated in the recommendations that the RAISE Manchester plan incorporates. The plan is the result of input from hundreds of residents and other stakeholders and enjoys broad support.

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