Broad Street roundabout plan scrapped

NASHUA – The Division of Public Works is pulling back its proposal for additional roundabouts and a so-called urban boulevard on Broad Street, and wants its consultant to take a second look at the area.

Public Works Director Richard Seymour said no options for Broad Street improvements would be unveiled at a Ward 1 meeting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Nashua High School North.

City officials said last week that they were considering adding two more roundabouts to Broad Street – one at Dublin Avenue and one near the entrance to Broad Street Elementary School – and installing a median to bar left turns west of Coliseum Avenue. Broad Street already has a roundabout at Coburn Avenue and Chuck Druding Drive, near the entrance to Nashua North.

Seymour said he heard concerns about the roadwork proposal from Mayor Bernie Streeter, Fire Chief Roger Hatfield, aldermen and others.

The city’s consultant from Vollmer Associates will come up with a menu of road improvement options that can be shown to the neighborhood, instead of just one idea, he said.

The division will be ready in eight weeks to present the new ideas, Seymour said.