What’s happening with the Piscataquog River bridge to Goffstown?

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Site of the soon-to-be completed Piscataquog River Trail, a long time coming.

MANCHESTER, NH – A reader and resident of Electric Street asked if we could find out what’s happening with the Piscataquog Trail Bridge, which is supposed to connect Manchester to Goffstown.

The reader mentioned that there had been a lot of activity lately, and then it all just stopped.

We reached out to Don Pinard, head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, who told us it’s just a temporary lull – work will resume within the next month, and the bridge will be completed by early September.

Last hurrah: Hanging out at the former trestle bridge, a ritual of summer for generations of city kids continues.
Last hurrah: Hanging out at the former trestle bridge, a ritual of summer for generations of city kids continues.

“All that work going on before was the prep work and side work, done by contractor T-Buck Construction, out of Maine. They went in and did all the preliminary work knowing there was lead time before the steel arrived. Once that order went in, we knew it would be a couple-three months until the steel was delivered,” Pinard said.

He said once the steel gets here, construction of the final 1,500 feet of the project should take about two weeks.

“It’s just a matter of putting the bridge into place, and then everyone will be flocking to Goffstown,” he said.

There will be a ribbon cutting once it’s finished, said Pinard.


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  • Ed Staub

    It’s good to get a report on the trail to Pinardville from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. If you can’t wait for the bridge to be finished, there’s a footbridge over the Squog about a quarter-mile downstream, leading from behind the baseball fields beside West Side Arena. The trail from there on the southwest side is a little challenging headed toward Goffstown, especially for lugging a bicycle.