GILFORD — Selectmen voted unanimously last night to install a newly purchased radar warning sign near Alvah Wilson Road that they hope will slow traffic on Rte. 11-A as it approaches the village from Laconia.
The sign, which cost $4,300, was approved in late 2013 but selectmen had initially waited to install it until the village intersection could be improved by a N.H. Department of Transportation project scheduled to begin on June 1.
Police Lt. Kris Kelley said that he thinks the sign will benefit the people working on the intersection by slowing down motorists as they approach the construction site.
"I think where we put will slow things down," Kelley told selectmen.
The sign is one of the type that has the posted speed limit and it also flashes the driver's speed as he or she nears it. It is solar operated and although it is "hard mounted" can be relocated if needed.
The intersection of School House Hill Road, Belknap Mountain Road and Route 11-A was rated by the state of New Hampshire as one of the most dangerous intersections in the state, which qualifies it for some state administered highway intersection improvement money.
According to William Oldenburg of the N.H. Department Transportation who spoke at a public hearing about the project in 2012, there were 28 accidents at the intersection from 2002 through 2009 that resulted in one death (in 2010), and 17 injuries.