MEREDITH — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) has included Barnard Ridge Road in its draft reconstruction and resurfacing program for 2015, which the agency released earlier this month.
The program, which is "subject to change pending further evaluation and design," consists of one set of resurfacing and reconstruction projects to be undertaken with the $15.6 million in current funding, and a second set contingent on increasing the gas tax to provide an additional $25 million.
With the additional funding the one mile pavement on Barnard Ridge Road from Route 25 to Meredith Neck Road would be rehabilitated. For the past several years the Board of Selectmen has been pestering the DOT to improve Barnard Ridge Road and Meredith Neck Road, both unnumbered state roads. Town Manager Phil Warren this week told the selectmen that the roads are not far from becoming "hazardous."
With the current level of funding the DOT plans to resurface the 5.9 miles of Meredith Center Road between Route 106 and Route 104 while with the extra funds the 9.5 miles of Route 104 between I-93 and Route would also be resurfaced.
Elsewhere in Belknap County, one mile of Route 107 between Route 129 and Route 140 in Gilmanton, one mile of Route 25B from Route 3 to Route 25 in Center Harbor and 1.6 miles of Clark Road and Colby Street from Route 3 to School Street in Tilton would all be rehabilitated if funding for the program is increased.
In Tilton, the 2.7 miles of School Street from Route 3 to the Sanbornton town line would be resurfaced with current funding and with additional funding the 2.3 miles of Route 3 between Franklin and Grant Street.