By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — When the town plans to rebuild a road, some residents on the road question whether their dreams have come true – or not.
Potter Hill Road, which runs parallel to Cherry Valley Road or Route 11A, presents one of those dilemmas. It is on the 2017 town road plan for reconstruction .
By all accounts, including that of Gary Kiedaish and 11 other resident families, Potter Hill Road is in very poor condition. The lower part is washed out and, in Kiedaish's opinion, that is a "godsend."
But after it's rebuilt, Kiedaish and his neighbors fear Potter Hill Road will become a speedway from the center of Gilford Village to where it connects to Cherry Valley Road near the Gilford Outing Club.
Kiedaish told selectmen Wednesday that he hopes with next year's road rebuild some kind of speed barriers will be installed.
"When it's in good condition, it gets a lot of traffic," said Kiedaish, who added he doesn't know why, because it is actually shorter and quicker to go from Gilford Village along Route 11A to get to the same place.
This is not the first time speeding on Potter Hill Road has been brought to the attention of the selectmen.
The town reduced the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph a few years ago, but Kiedaish said it hasn't helped much.
Police consistently monitor the road for speed and recklessness but obviously can't be there all of the time.
Town Administrator Scott Dunn told Kiedaish that beginning on July 25, there will be a third data collection done by the police department. Measuring volume and traffic speed, Dunn said the police will file a report for the selectmen and the Public Works Department director to evaluate.
He also said the preliminary plans call for the intersection with Cherry Valley Road to be made into a "T," which is not necessarily for speed control but will make exiting from it safer by providing better sight lines.
Selectmen's Chairman Richard Grenier said the town just installed a speed table on Edgewater Drive as part of its reconstruction for this season and will have the winter season to evaluate it before construction begins on Potter Hill Road.
"This is the perfect time to discuss it," said Grenier. "It's before construction time."
There will be a public hearing on Potter Hill Road on Aug. 24 at the Gilford Town Hall.
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