New Hampshire is a beautiful state with lots of great bike paths that wind through the valleys and mountains, often crossing over rivers. Because many people love to be outside to enjoy the fresh air, Merrimack has now installed a pedestrian bridge over the Souhegan River. This bridge gives residents easier access to the center of town and will ultimately provide the ability to extend the town’s walking and biking trails. Whole areas of town that were separated will now be joined together.
This bridge is 134 feet long and connects the north and south sides of the river, between the Merrimack High School and East Chamberlain Road. This new bridge runs parallel to the Merrill’s Marauders’s Bridge. Now, people can take a quick 10-minute walk over the bridge, instead of the longer route that pedestrians used to have to take. This will be especially helpful for kids that live on the south side of the river and go to the high school on the north side.
Some people may find it interesting to know that this footbridge was purchased from Portsmouth, where a car bridge over Route 33 was replaced with a bigger crossing that now had sidewalks for pedestrians and cyclists. Contractors working in both Portsmouth and Merrimack talked about it and the information reached Merrimack officials. Since Portsmouth no longer needed the footbridge, they sold it to Merrimack for $10,000.
But, since we are talking about bicycles here, it is really great to know that the town has already secured multiple trail easements on the south side of the river. Town officials also intend on developing trails on some of the conservation lands on the south side of the Souhegan River. Trails are expected to be developed within the town center as well. This new development will provide cyclists and walkers with some great trails throughout town. Now one side of town is easily accessible to the others.