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Lebanon City Council Approves Purchase of MRG Parking Lot Land Near Slayton Hill Underpass

 

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The yellow dots define the land approved for purchase. It is on Mascoma Street, just west of APD and adjacent to the Slayton Hill underpass. (You can see a white car emerging from the underpass in this view.)

Wednesday night, the Lebanon City Council approved the purchase of land on Mascoma Street, adjacent to the MRG and the Slayton Hill underpass, to serve as additional access and parking space. We have been fortunate to have the current Mascoma Street parking lot donated by APD;  given the popularity of the MRG, a need for additional parking is anticipated and this new parking area will have easy ADA accessibility.
Thayer School Students (Sebastian Strong, Isalys Quinones, Eleanor Dowd, Sarah Atac, and David Ruiz) made an excellent presentation of their study of options for completing the western end of the trail to WRJ. They posed 3 possibilities with the favored route using the rail track across the Stone Arch Bridge (Glen Road) and into the Westboro Rail Yard with access to WRJ across Bridge Street and the Connecticut River. This will take negotiation with the Department of Transportation and and rail company, which has not been successful to date.  The students are willing to try to move this forward with the help of the City.

Presentation: Options to Extend MRG to WRJ

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Mascoma Greenway Map

AGENDA
LEBANON CITY COUNCIL

Council Chambers  –  Lebanon City Hall
MARCH 6, 2019 – Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
NEW BUSINESS:
PRESENTATION BY THAYER SCHOOL STUDENTS:
OPTIONS TO EXTEND THE MASCOMA RIVER GREENWAY TO WHITE RIVER JUNCTION
BACKGROUND
The original Mascoma River Greenway Action Plan envisions a non-motorized year-round bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting downtown Lebanon to downtown West Lebanon, and ultimately to the Lyman Bridge’s connection to Vermont. The July 2018 opening provides the first segment of this multi-use path from High Street to Glen Road. The combination of NH DOT’s unwillingness to allow access to the remaining 2000 feet of rail to Riverside Community Park, and the delay of the Iron Horse Commercial Park development has left us stranded at Glen Road.
Dick Mackay from the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail took the initiative of partnering with the Thayer School of Engineering with the hopes that fresh eyes on the project might produce alternatives for us to consider. Project Team 17 from the Thayer School of Engineering, Cook Engineering Design Center, hasbeen the team working with the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail to produce a feasibility report
for the MRG extension to the Lyman Bridge. The team members are: Sebastian Strong, Isalys Quinones, Eleanor Dowd, Sarah Atac, and David Ruiz.
ACTION
No action is required by the Council; informational presentation only.

MRG Trail Maintenance: Saturday 11/3

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Calling all volunteers!

Are you a runner, walker, skateboarder, foliage admirer, cyclist, or generally interested in helping keep Lebanon’s greenway corridor beautiful and safe and potentially extending it to White River Junction?

A team of Dartmouth engineering students is helping the City explore options for extending the Mascoma River Greenway (MRG) corridor in Lebanon to White River Junction. Let’s help bridge the ped and bike gap between New Hampshire and Vermont!

Join us on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to 2pm for a few hours (or whatever you can attend for) to do the clean-up and give your feedback about the greenway extension. Dartmouth engineering students, City of Lebanon staff, and friends of the MRG and Northern Rail Trail will be in attendance. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided!

Location: Meet up at the Mascoma Street “MRG Parking Lot” across from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Alice Peck Day Drive, Lebanon, NH.

Tips: Wear gear and shoes appropriate to the weather and tasks. Bring rakes and vegetation cutters, if you have any. Other equipment will be provided.

This event is sponsored by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Northern Rail Trail, Mascoma River Greenway, and the City of Lebanon. For more information, please call the Lebanon Planning and Development office at 603-448-1457 x1473.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Five students from the Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering are working on a six-month project with Friends of the Northern Rail Trail to model the final extension of the Mascoma River Greenway. Their final product will include a feasibility and safety report as well as a detailed map of the final MRG trail alignment from Glen Road to White River Junction. The group will present their project at the November 13th Lebanon Ped and Bike Advisory Committee meeting and welcome all interested community members

Let’s Connect the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail!

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Downtown Tunnel – Hanover St. Overhead

A Community Conversation: Lebanon Mall Tunnel Alternatives

The City of Lebanon invites you to learn about the potential future of the tunnel located under the Lebanon Mall at a Community Conversation meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 6:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Representatives from Lebanon Public Works as well as Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) will be in attendance to present plans and address questions.

Background

On July 11, 2018, VHB made a presentation to Lebanon City Council outlining several alternatives for the tunnel located under the Lebanon Mall. The Council moved to present Alternative #1 (Complete Deck Replacement), Alternative #2 (Deck Replacement with Opening; keeps tunnel open), and Alternative #4A (Deck Removal, Partial Fill, and New Parking Area; With Connectivity) for review and recommendations prior to rendering a decision on the future use of the tunnel.

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Contact

Questions should be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 603-448-4220 or manager@lebanonnh.gov.

Thanks to a Great Volunteer Team: Upper Valley Rugby Club!

 

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Former Lebanon Recreation and Park Director, Cindy Heath, has been the main mover on the enhanced landscaping of the MRG pocket park by the tunnel in downtown Lebanon. She and a team from Upper Valley Rugby Club did great work in the park Wednesday evening.

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Here’s Cindy’s report on this energetic team of volunteers:

“Members of the Men’s and Women’s teams of the Upper Valley Rugby Club put forth an amazing effort on Tuesday night and moved the MRG Pocket Park closer to completion. President Brian Frampton and his club mates dug out sod, applied mulch to flower beds, and did some serious digging to install wood chips under the picnic tables. 

This is work that needs a strong back and stamina, and the club members were definitely up for the task. It’s amazing how much was accomplished in just two hours by this community service minded group! 

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Several members of the club will be back next week to put the finishing touches on a new flower bed in preparation for a final planting of perennials donated by Gardener’s Supply. All are welcome to participate in the final work session on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the park. Bring work gloves, a shovel, and wheelbarrow if you have one!”  Update: Tuesday’s work was postponed on account of rain.  Next work day is Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30.

City Council to Discuss Downtown Tunnel

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Downtown Tunnel

Wednesday, July 11th, the Lebanon City Council will discuss the downtown tunnel. The new cost estimates show that closing the tunnel is a $1M proposition, and fixing and re-opening it will cost $2.2M .  If the tunnel is closed, there will be no separated pathway linking the MRG to downtown and the Northern Rail Trail. Bike Ped Committee will be there as will be Paul Coats, Frank Gould, and other advocates for tunnel repair.  The more who attend to advocate for the tunnel the better – hope to see you there!

Garden Extension in Pocket Park

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Thanks to a lot of hard work by a few volunteers, the garden has been significantly extended in the MRG Pocket Park next to the downtown tunnel. The sod has been weeded out, the garden edged, and manure added to the soil. Next comes the compost and soil, some trees and shrubs, and, eventually, flowers, all in preparation for the official opening of the MRG on July 21st.

Lucinda was working solo in the park on this sunny Saturday morning, removing sod and breaking up the soil.  Thanks Lucinda!IMG_1869