Working with scientists at private testing laboratories, city engineers have developed a protocol for testing elements in the soil to determine whether its composition has been a factor in the (alleged) weakness of bolts holding together piping that runs from the mainland to the island.
Holaday expressed satisfaction with progress on the $3.6 million fortification of the south jetty at the mouth of the Merrimack River.
She stated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is developing a request for proposals (RFP) for phase II of the project, which federal officials have approved for $5.5 million.
Holaday indicated an interest in identifying more parking for the downtown area, and stated that a parking garage has not been ruled out. “But we don’t have the funding for that now,” she said.