By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — The state Department of Transportation will be removing “a substantial portion” of the new guardrail installed as part of road improvements on Route 106, after residents of the area complained that they obscure their view of oncoming traffic at the Seavey Road intersection.
Chuck Flanders of the DOT’s Construction Bureau said the department has re-evaluated the new design and expects to remove the guardrail to improve the southern view as early as next week.
“It was built to the project plan,” Flanders said, “but, for whatever reason, in reality, things didn’t just quite work out.”
Eric Grennell, who lives off Seavey Road, said he has vehicles that sit low to the ground, and he found it is impossible to see over the guardrails to know if there is traffic coming along Route 106 when he approaches the intersection, without pulling into the path of oncoming vehicles.
“This intersection is now more dangerous than it has ever been,” Grennell said, “especially considering that Belmont High School is on Seavey Road, and many of the students leaving the school have low cars and travel through this intersection.”
Flanders said the DOT will modify the design of the guardrails, as well as the slopes the guardrails were intended to protect.
Guardrails newly installed on Route 106 and Seavey Road in Belmont will be removed due to visibility issues. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
- Written by Tom Caldwell
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