The mission of Hands Across the Merrimack is: "To garner the necessary private and public resources and support to transform and maintain a landmark rail-trail bridge for pedestrian and cycling use."
A group of citizens led by Helen Closson was organized in 2001 to transform the existing and abandoned trestle bridge into a landmark pedestrian bridge over the Merrimack River. The bridge will be at the crossroads of the now developing pedestrian trails, and will demonstrate Manchester's commitment to the new parks being developed on both sides of the river. Through the efforts of our Mayor Robert Baines the State has already appropriated the sum of $600,000 for the construction of the bridge. Hands Across the Merrimack hopes to raise, through private donations, one and quarter million dollars for construction and maintenance of the bridge. Other funds will come from the City and from Federal monies. The estimated cost of the project will be about 2.4 million dollars.
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