Town of Durham Teams with HEB to Design Exciting Pedestrian Facility Improvements

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HEB Engineers, Inc. (HEB) was selected by the Town of Durham to assist with an addition to its impressive recreation and conservation lands system. HEB has designed and received necessary permits for an ADA-accessible path and pedestrian bridge spanning the Oyster River. The path and bridge will provide increased connectivity for local trail systems, as well as a link between two residential neighborhoods. Further, it will allow pedestrians to access and view the river, which has been designated for special protection by the State of New Hampshire.

The proposed project is now advertised for bids from qualified contractors, with a bid opening scheduled for September 4th, and construction set to begin in Fall 2020. HEB looks forward to the completion of this project, as well as others in the future, and to seeing their positive impacts on the vibrant community of Durham.

HEB's Water Resources Engineer, Jeff Sires, is the Project Manager for the Pedestrian Bridge over the Oyster River in Durham, NH.

Mr. Sires graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His duties at HEB include project management and design largely focused on water resources, stream crossings and riverbank stabilizations, as well as roadway design and site layout. He also provides environmental permitting and compliance services for a range of project types, and has experience with regional planning and zoning requirements. During project implementation, he provides construction observation services, including field observations, review of submittals, contractor payment requests and agency coordination.

Town of Durham

Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire

Future site of Pedestrian Bridge over the Oyster River

"It is a unique pleasure to assist a community with projects that will provide better access for residents and visitors to enjoy local trail systems and environments. With staff members involved in A myriad OF local conservation and recreation focused organizations, HEB understands the attention and care necessary to balance increased opportunity with the preservation of natural resources. As such, this project will provide better access while minimizing impacts to an important riparian area".

- Jeff Sires, Project Manager