BELMONT — The N.H. Department of Transportation has abandoned plans to build a fuel depot on property it owns at the corner of Rte. 106 and Brown Hill Road.
The decision was made in the wake of a hearing two weeks ago when selectmen told DOT engineer Ronald Grandmaison that they were concerned with the additional traffic the facility would draw.
"We also acknowledge that the condition of the existing roadway pavement through this section of N.H. Rte. 106 is less than desirable," Grandmaison wrote.
In the meeting on July 6, the board told Grandmaison that it was unhappy with the condition of Rte. 106 and faulted the DOT for not keeping its promises to improve that section. The DOT did put down a skim coat of asphalt this spring, but selectmen told Grandmaison it wasn't enough and it would be worn away by next spring.
In response, Grandmaison wrote to the board that the Seavey Road intersection was in the design phase and is still scheduled for work in 2016. He said the Seavey Road project was not likely to extend to the Brown Hill Road intersection because of a lack of crash history.
He said the DOT is considering some widening of Rte. 106 is that area to create a wider shoulder but he didn't think it would completely address the pocket created by entering and exiting traffic.
If the DOT fueling station had been built, the state would have closed the stations in Gilford, Loudon, and on Rte. 140 in Belmont as part of a plan to remove all underground tanks by 2017.
In other business, selectmen voted unanimously to include the Belmont Mill on the State Registry of Historic Places after learning that it wouldn't effect any future plans the town may have for it.
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