Merrimack says a footbridge over Route 114 won’t work. Yet, they’ve asked MassDOT to build one. MassDOT refused because the bridge would be for the exclusive use of two private entities (Merrimack and Royal Crest).
They have also asked the Select Board for a letter of support for a federal grant to build a new footbridge.
Their representations that a footbridge won’t work are simply because they don’t want to pay for it. If it is such a bad idea, they wouldn’t be asking the state and federal governments for tax dollars to build it.
A footbridge should be an essential part to any Merrimack presence on the opposite side of 114 and there is no money for this in the agreement, the town would be left footing the bill.