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Mayor prepares to announce three-year capital plan

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Mayor James J. Fiorentini is expected to present his three-year capital plan to the City Council on Tuesday. Chief among the many projects the mayor is hoping to fund are improvements to the city’s gateways. On the city’s west side, the mayor is seeking $50,000 to come up with a design for improving Broadway (Route 97) with new sidewalks, trees, and street lights. The mayor is also seeking design money for Water Street, which runs along the river on the other side of the city. “We cut down some trees this year, improving the vista of the river,” said Fiorentini. “I’d like to make that into a bigger project, with a bike path and trails, really make it another beautiful gateway to the city.” Ultimately, the improvement projects would cost several million dollars, but the mayor is hopeful MassHighway will cover the cost through the state Transportation Improvement Program. “If we can get on the TIP list, the local dollars needed would be minimal; we would have to pay for the design, but the state would fund the construction,” Fiorentini said. “It would be an investment well made.” Fiorentini’s three-year capital plan also seeks funding to extend and improve the rail trail in Haverhill from the Basiliere Bridge to George Washington Landing Park, and $420,000 to replace the Fire Department’s oldest pumper truck.

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