To The Daily Sun,
On Dec. 15, the Meredith Selectboard held a workshop at the community center regarding a proposed road improvement project. The presentation was called the Meredith US 3/ NH 25 Improvements Project. The presentation was informative. What we learned is different from what was reported in The Sun. This is part one of a four-part letter.
We learned the existing traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 will be removed to be replaced by a roundabout which will have one lane of traffic going around three-quarters of the it and two lanes going around one-quarter. Northbound drivers will be able to make a free right hand turn along the lake in two lanes. We learned there will be three roundabouts included in the project. The other two roundy are single lane traffic circles: one at the existing intersection of Lake Street and Hwy 3/25 [that's between the fire station and the town docks]; the other at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Hwy. 25.
We learned that the roadway between the roundabouts will be a divided highway with a barrier and an island spacer. We learned the width of the single-lane roadway will be 20 feet, for each lane in each direction. We learned that the speed in the area is expected to be limited to between 15 and 18 mph year-round. We learned that no one is claiming the change will positively impact the traffic congestion in the area, though it is hoped there will be some improvement in traffic flow. We learned that heavy congestion in an area with multiple roundabouts can cause gridlock. We learned no one could tell how much heavy congestion is exactly.
My recommendation is that you do your homework on this project. The presenters stated: Construction is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, which will not solve the congestion issue, which will beautify the area, but won't cost you anything. The inference is the government is giving Meredith free money which we can either take or not take. You are encouraged to go to the public hearing in Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you. It would be better if you did a little homework, to lend an informed voice to the discussion.
The video can be viewed on GraniteGrok.com.
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