GILFORD — Selectmen have decided to construct a T-intersection at the corner of Potter Hill Road and Cherry Valley Road, hoping that it is one step that can be taken to slow down traffic on the road.
The board also decided to pave the road from the T-intersection up to the recently repaired culvert and leave the rest of the hill as ledge pack and not pavement. The town will also install a solar powered speed sign.
Selectmen have been grappling with the future of Potter Hill road for about three months, after the majority of the people who live on the road came to the board in opposition to a plan by the town to rebuild the entire road in 2017.
Lead by residents Gary Kiedaisch and Sandra McGonagle, residents agreed that if the town completely rebuilds Potter Hill Road, speeding, which they say is already a problem, will increase tremendously.
Their suggestion was to remove the pavement entirely and regrade the road with some drainage improvements. They also agreed that a T-intersection where the road connects to Cherry Valley Road will force traffic turning left to come to nearly a complete stop rather than enter onto what looks like a paved runoff or emergency ramp for a tractor trailer.
Recent Police Department radar and speed investigations showed that at least half of the people who use Potter Hill Road are exceeding the 25 mile per hour speed limit at some point and that a few of them are going as much as 40 to 50 mph in some spots.
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