By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — After viewing Potter Hill Road as a board, selectmen decided last week that the town should create a T-intersection at the Cherry Valley Road intersection and fix the drainage along the steep side of the road.
What the board has yet to decide is whether the town will remove the the pavement along the steep side of the road and return it to gravel.
Public Works Director Peter Nourse said Tuesday that his goal is to make Potter Hill Road safer and had originally planned to rebuild it and repave it in 2017 at an estimated cost of $250,000.
He said the $250,000 didn't include the T-intersection.
Selectmen are reconsidering the entire project because the residents of Potter Hill came to them and said they don't want the road rebuilt in 2017 because once the pavement is smoother, people we drive even faster along the road than they do now.
Speaking for the residents, Gary Kiedaisch told the board about two months ago he would be just fine if the existing pavement were to crumble into gravel and stay that way.
Nourse said he walked the steep section that leads to Cherry Valley Road Tuesday with Busby Construction Company engineers who will design a plan for a T-intersection and drainage so he can report back to the selectmen.
He said there is also the possibility that some of the road near the top will be excavated so people don't have a big lip down to access some of their driveways and barns.
Nourse said he hopes to have some solid numbers to report to the board at one of its upcoming meetings.
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