Another gateway corridor to the city is about to get some TLC.
The city has received approval to move forward on a plan to redo a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway from the Target shopping plaza to Silver Birch Lane, about 2.5 miles from Salem, N.H.
Mayor James Fiorentini said the state and federal government are sharing the cost of the $5.7 million project.
Haverhill is contributing $463,100 to design the project, which Fiorentini said is expected to begin sometime in 2017.
The upgrade, which in on the state’s Transportation Improvement Project list, is similar to the recently completed renovation of a two-mile stretch of Route 125 from the Basiliere Bridge to Boston Road near the North Andover line.
The Broadway (Route 97) improvements include repaving the roadway, redesigning two intersections, installing sidewalks and planting trees along the stretch, Fiorentini said.
The area, which is near the high school in the city’s northwest section, is considered a gateway to the city from New Hampshire.
“There are very few areas on the street with sidewalks and not many trees,” the mayor said of the stretch of road. “As one of our many gateway entrances into the city, this project will add enhancements to the area that will welcome residents and visitors into our city.”
The state and federal government will pay $5.7 million for the improvements once Haverhill designs the project, the mayor said. The city spent $100,000 last year to design 25 percent of the project, the mayor said.
“It is designed to do for the Broadway area what the Route 125 project did for Bradford — repave the street and put in sidewalks and trees up Broadway,” Fiorentini said. “Beautification of our neighborhoods is a priority and this mostly federal and state funded project will add to the quality of life for our residents.”
The mayor said the Metropolitan Planning Commission signed off the project last week. The regional group makes recommendations for federal and state transportation spending.
“As an active member, I was able to garner support from other communities to get our project on the TIP list,” the mayor said.