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What is Complete Streets?

Complete Streets is a philosophy that guides community, planning, and transportation agencies to consider and incorporate safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age or ability, or mode of transportation, when feasible.

Depending on the street that could translate into a wider sidewalk, bike lanes, safe crossing opportunities, bus lanes, median islands, roundabouts and more.

Examples in New Hampshire

Concord NH Main Street RedevelopmentSeveral NH cities and towns have recently used the complete streets principles to redesign specific areas in their communities including Concord, Dover, Keene, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester, and Swanzey.

It's not new to NHDOT

Several years ago the NHDOT formalized an approach to proactively involve the public in the early stages of development of NHDOT projects in a community. The Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) approach utilizes several steps that provides opportunity for regional planning commissions and stakeholders in the community to participate in the process. This is the best time to discuss a community's goals based on available funding*. Sometimes Complete Streets features can be included in a NHDOT project. Sometimes they can be implemented using funding available thru NHDOT for locally managed projects.

Examples of projects that used CSS include the Holderness-Plymouth bridge replacement and the Pelham roundabout. Examples of municipally managed projects include Manchester's Piscataquog multi-use trail, Northfield-Tilton rail trail, and the Brookline sidewalk on Route 130.

Learn the basics?

In 2011 Cindy Heath of GPRED, Representative Laurie Harding from the NH House and Greg Bakos from Vanesse, Hangen and Brustlin made a video presentation to the NHDOT about Complete Streets.

*Note: Various requests are not eligible for 80/20 state/municipal cost sharing. Also, the community may be responsible for some infrastructure constructed by the State Forces. The State will not maintain sidewalks.

DOT Resources

Call the NHDOT at any time: William (Bill) Watson, Bureau Administrator, 603-271-3344

Other NH Resources

HEAL NH (Healthy Eating, Active Living NH)

Concord, NH - Main Street Project

Keene, NH Complete Streets Project

Portsmouth, NH Complete Streets Project

Swanzey, NH Complete Streets Project

Transport NH

Contact your Regional Planning Commission:

Central NH Regional Planning Commission
28 Commercial Street, Suite 3
Concord, NH 03301 | 603-226-6020
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
438 Dubuque Street
Manchester, NH 03102 | 603-669-4664
Lakes Region Planning Commission
103 Main Street, Suite 3
Meredith, NH 03253 | 603-279-8171
Southwest Region Planning Commission
37 Ashuelot Street
Keene, NH 03431 | 603-357-0557
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201
Merrimack, NH 03054 | 603-424-2240
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, NH 03867 | 603-994-3500
North Country Council
262 Cottage Street, Suite 246
Littleton, NH 03561 | 603-444-6303
Upper Valley - Lakes Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
10 Water Street, Suite 225
Lebanon, NH 03766 | 603-448-1680
Rockingham Planning Commisssion
156 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833 | 603-778-0885

Other New Hampshire Resources

Smart Growth America,

Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire


New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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