The primary purpose of this reconstruction project is to address the operational deficiencies and safety concerns within the Salem Depot intersection. Traffic safety improvements, including opportunities for pedestrians to comfortably travel through the intersection, was a central component of this project through design. The proposed intersection improvements will encourage people to get out of their cars and walk to nearby destinations, as intended in the Depot Intersection Redevelopment Concept Plan. Designated left hand turn lanes will be constructed on Broadway (NH Route 28) to Main Street alleviating substandard conditions that have resulted in accidents and major traffic congestion in a dense part of town. The Depot Intersection Reconstruction Project limits are:
- Broadway (NH Route 28): From the intersection of Main Street north 1,000 linear feet; and from the intersection of Main Street south 1,000 linear feet.
- Main Street (NH Route 97): From the intersection of Broadway (NH Route 28) west approximately 200 linear feet; and from the intersection of Broadway (NH Route 28) east approximately 200 linear feet.
All of the physical roadway widening will take place on the west side of Broadway (NH Route 28) with the east side predominately holding its existing curbline. Sidewalks will be concrete, ADA compliant, and as wide as seven feet where possible to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Driveway aprons will be reconstructed through the full extents of the project and all existing granite curing will be replaced.The corner radii of driveway aprons will be widened, as much as possible, to allow for better turn movements for most vehicles. The roadway surface of Broadway (NH Route 28) will be reconstructed and the surface elevation for much of the intersection will be adjusted to accommodate underground utility work. This intersection is a primary corridor for Central Fire and the proposed improvements will allow emergency vehicles to pass through much quicker for calls to the west side of town. Another aspect of the project is providing aesthetic streetscape improvements through the intersection. These aesthetic improvement include, concrete sidewalk, granite curb, decorative traffic signals and street lighting, as well as a new signalized crossing for the Rail Trail. Ultimately, the project will improve the flow of all modes of traffic through the Depot Intersection.