Piscataquog River Trailway

Manchester, New Hampshire

Client: City of Manchester, New Hampshire


  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Observation
  • Cultural Resources Coordination
  • Design
  • Engineering Study
  • Inspection
  • NEPA Process

Project Summary

The City of Manchester selected Hoyle, Tanner for design and construction services for the final phase of the Piscataquog Trail. This 1,800 foot long section of the trail is built on a former rail bed and the project includes a local street crossing, easement acquisitions, pedestrian bridge over the Piscataquog River, trail section upgrade and paving, and landscape and wayfinding enhancements.

A full inspection and evaluation of the existing trestle was performed and both rehabilitation and replacement options studied. Replacement of the 1941, seven span timber trestle with single span steel truss was selected as the preferred alternative.

The trail improvements include paving the majority of the trail section and installing guardrail and fencing, as appropriate, to guide users along the trail. The intersection with an adjoining trail was improved with signs, landscaping and pavement to better connect the two trails. Improvements were made at each approach to the river crossing as years of unauthorized use have resulted in extensive erosion at the bridge approaches.

The project was partially funded through the federal Transportation Enhancement program and was completed through the NHDOT Local Public Agency (LPA) program.

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