CONCORD — The ten-year transportation improvement plan Gov. Maggie Hassan submitted to the Legislature yesterday includes more than two dozen projects in Belknap County recommended to be undertaken between 2017 and 2026 at an estimated cost of $49.2 million.
In Laconia, four bridges on the “redlist,” with structural flaws requiring annual inspections are proposed for replacement of reconstruction. These include the spans over the railroad on US Route 3 and Centenary Avenue at the The Weirs as well those crossing Durkee Brook on Academy Street and Court Street.
Other listed bridges slated for replacement, reconstruction or repair are those on NH Route 11 over the Merrymeeting River in Alton, Hannah Nutter Road in Barnstead, on Church Street in Belmont, on Waukewan Road crossing the Snake River in Center Harbor, on Belknap Mountain Road and Old Lakeshore Road over Gunstock Brook and on the US Route 3/NH Route 11 bypass in Gilford, on Crystal Lake Road in Gilmanton and Stage Road in Gilmanton, and at Smith Crossing over the railroad in New Hampton.
In Alton and Barnstead, the stretch of NH Route 28 between the Alton traffic circle and Barnstead is recommended for reconconstruction.
In Belmont, improvements are recommended at the intersections of NH Route 140, South Road and Jamestown Road as well as at NH Route 106 and Seavey Road and NH Route 140 and Main Street.
In Sanbornton, Lower Bay Road is proposed for reconstruction. In Tilton the 1.97 miles of Calef Hill Road from Clark Road to the Sanbornton town line and the intersection of US Route 3 and Silver Lake Road is recommended for improvement..
The plan also includes the first phase of widening NH Route 106 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
The governor’s plan also includes more than $5 million for improvements to the US Route 3/NH Route 25 corridor between the junction with NH Route 104 in Meredith and Center Harbor. After a major reconfiguration of the corridor featuring three roundabouts through Meredith was rejected by the town, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is currently preparing a plan for enhanced signalization and pedestrian crosswalks to ease congestion in the center of Meredith.
Altogether, the governor’s recommendations carry a price tag of $3.7 billion, of which $2.56 billion consists of federal funding. Hassan said that her recommendations include adding $5 million to the Bridge Preservation Program beginning in 2019 and $5 million to the Redlist Bridge Program. Currently 153 state bridges and 344 municipal bridges are on the “redlist’ and nearly a third of the 1,345 miles of state maintained roads are rated as “poor” or “very poor.”
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