Public hearing scheduled in Belmont for Route 106 and Seavey Road intersection improvements

BELMONT — The N.H. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing regarding proposed improvements to the intersection of Route 106 and Seavey Road April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belmont High School.

The costs of improvements to the intersection will come from a federal transportation grant that funds the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

According to DOT Engineer William Dugas, the program provides money to improve intersections that are considered some of the most dangerous in the country.

Selectmen were made aware of the program in spring of 2011 during a meeting held with DOT officials and the local police department.

Dugas said Monday that from the years 2003 through 2012 there have been 16 motor vehicle accidents at the intersection and 15 within 750 feet of it. Fifteen of those crashes resulted in injuries.

During the 2011 meeting, DOT Engineer William Oldenburg reported that one of the problems is that there is no safe place to pass vehicles that have stopped to take a left onto Seavey Road.

Oldenburg also observed that because the high school is on Seavey Road, a number of the drivers on Route 106 and Seavey Road during certain times of day are younger and somewhat inexperienced.

At the public hearing DOT Engineers will present the plans they have made to address the safety issues and take input from the public.