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Goffstown Rail Trail TE Project

The 2010 Transportation Enhancement (TE) project on the Goffstown Rail Trail is now complete. This page provides overview information on the project. You can donate to support this effort here.
(Last update 1/13/2016)

Project Summary:
This project consists of multiple improvements at four sites on the Goffstown Rail Trail. These are:

  • Realign and mark the trail crossing of Mast Road near the Villa ball fields, so that the trail will cross perpendicular to the road. Install a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) user-activated crossing light at this location.
  • Create a 12 space parking area at the west side of the above crossing.
  • Realign and mark the trail crossing of Mast Road near Pro Landscape, so that the trail will cross perpendicular to the road. Install a PHB crossing light at this location as well.
  • Fill in the gully left when the old railroad trestle over the former Henry Bridge Road was removed.
  • Install crossing markings and a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) at Henry Bridge Road, and cut back the hillside slope to improve sight distance.

Construction Complete:
The gully work is finished, so the eastern site trail detour route is no longer necessary. Trail surface upgrades and the new trailhead parking lot are complete. Bollards and fencing have been installed. Road markings have been painted at all three crossing sites, and trail approaches to them have been paved. The Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) lights at Henry Bridge Road and the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) crossing lights on Mast Road are now operational. Please be alert as you drive through these areas, and while using the crossings, take extra care as drivers get become familiar with their operation.

Additional Information:
You can find more project related information at these links:

  • Goffstown Department of Public Works project information page, including a downloadable full plan set.
  • Descriptions of the PHB and RRFB crossings.
  • Printable map of Goffstown Rail trail showing construction zones and PHB information.

Background:
In 2008, the FGRT and the town started conceptual planning for safe trail crossings of Mast Road and Henry Bridge Road. A grant application was submitted in 2009 asking for funding through the Federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program. After many briefings at town, region, and state levels, Goffstown was approved to receive a 2010 TE grant to cover 80% of the projected $390,000 project costs. Soon thereafter, a design firm was hired to do the engineering drawings and shepherd the plans through the many review phases typical of any federally funded project. Public input sessions on the proposed design were held.

FGRT hosted a transportation review of the rail trail corridor by bicycle, which was attended by representatives from the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Southern NH Planning Commission, and other interested parties. Following that event, NHDOT realized safety for pedestrians crossing State Route 114/Mast Road, could only be properly addressed by crossing lights. Fortunately, they were able to offer another $130,000 grant to cover the project cost growth.

Early in 2014 the final design plans were approved by NHDOT. Easements and licenses were obtained from abutting property owners where construction would impact their properties. The town went out for bids on the project in April, and a contractor was selected in May. Construction must be finished before the TE funds expire at the end of the year.

Photos: (click for larger image)
Improved sight distance Filling the gully Filling the gully
Improved sight distance at Henry Bridge Road Filling the gully at former Henry Bridge Road Filling the gully at former Henry Bridge Road
New trailhead Trail realignment Filling the gully
Site of new trailhead parking lot at western Mast Road crossing Beginning realignment work of eastern Mast Road crossing Nearing final grade at former Henry Bridge Road gully
New parking Trail realignment Filling the gully
New trailhead parking lot at western Mast Road crossing taking shape New trail realignment for western Mast Road crossing Eager trail users crossing former Henry Bridge Road gully
Improved sight distance Filling the gully Filling the gully
Smoothing the new gravel surface near Henry Bridge Road Freshly laid gravel trail surface behind the Irving station Grooming trail shoulders near the former Henry Bridge Road
New trailhead Trail realignment Filling the gully
Nearly finished trail where there used to be a gully at the old Henry Bridge Road Newly laid gravel awaits smoothing near Pro Landscape Realigned Mast Road crossing location near the ballfields
New parking Trail realignment Filling the gully
New gravel surface near the realigned western Mast Road crossing New trail segment passing the new trailhead parking area New trail segment west of the new trailhead parking area
New parking Trail realignment Filling the gully
Paving at the realigned eastern Mast Road crossing Painted road markings and light pole bases at eastern Mast Road crossing New RRFB lights await power at Henry Bridge Road crossing
Trail realignment New parking Filling the gully
New 12-space trailhead parking complete Riding east from the new trailhead parking Painted road markings and light pole bases at western Mast Road crossing
Trail realignment New parking Filling the gully
Lifting the new light post at western Mast Road crossing Fastening the post to the base Final testing of the PHB lights at the eastern Mast Road crossing

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