Board OKs hearing on connecting two streets

HUDSON – Residents will be able to weigh in on a proposal to connect Webster and Ferry streets next month.

The Board of Selectmen approved holding a public hearing on the proposal at its June 22 meeting.

Road Agent Kevin Burns proposed the idea as a way to reduce traffic congestion on Derry Street.

The connection would be near the bridge heading west into Nashua.

Currently, motorists heading west toward Nashua can turn right onto Webster Street. The road heading south, however, ends in a cul-de-sac.

In addition to connecting the roads, Burns also suggested adding four stop signs on Webster Street and installing a gate at the back entrance to the 20th Century Plaza. He also recommended eliminating an ordinance restricting access to Webster Street near Elm Avenue in the mornings.

Before installing stop signs or changing the ordinance, the town would have to hold public hearings.

“Derry Street is extremely congested,” Burns told the board. “I get calls constantly about the traffic on Derry.”

According to Burns, a large number of vehicles, about 5,000, are traveling to Nashua via 3A and Derry Street.

In the morning, traffic has backed up to the high school, he said.

Burns acknowledged that there might be some opposition to his proposal.

“I know the people on Webster Street aren’t going to like it,” he said.

There could be some benefits for Webster Street residents, Selectman Ken Massey said.

“People who live in that area who have to go to Nashua will be able to avoid Derry Street,” he said.

The project would cost about $15,000 and Burns has recommended the town have a “mini” traffic study conducted.

Anne Lundregan can be reached at 594-6449 or