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New Hampshire

June 26, 2014

Work continues on Hampstead access road

HAMPSTEAD — Work continues to design an access road for Hampstead Middle School off the back corner of St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

The Hampstead School Board voted Tuesday night to spend up to $24,000 in surplus money to continue designing the road, assistant superintendent Roxanne Wilson said.

The road will provide an alternative way for emergency vehicles to get to the school. Prior options included running the road through the school’s playing fields, which drew concerns from abutters about runoff contaminating their wells.

If built, the road would be gated and made of gravel. It would start on the property of St. Anne’s Catholic Church on Emerson Avenue, Wilson said.

School officials are still working to get an easement with the church through the Diocese of Manchester, Wilson said.

But more information is needed before the project moves forward with an easement in hand.

“We need to get more engineering information for a proposed route,” Wilson said. “This is the preliminary work needed to help us get an easement agreement.”

That work will continue into the fall, she said.

“The board will take the new information and then make a decision on a warrant article to present to the voters next spring,” Wilson said.

Prior estimates have put the cost of a half-mile long gravel road at about $100,000. A paved road would have cost $267,122.

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