To The Daily Sun,
One of the things I love about New Hampshire is the attention it pays to its roads. Excellent work. You are head and shoulders above any place I ever lived in Massachusetts. But here in Gilford I have a few concerns.
1. The intersection of Route 11 and Intervale Road: On the Weirs side of the intersection, the left lane is left turn only and the other lane is for right turns and straight-thru traffic. However, on the other side of the intersection — at Sawyers — it is bass-ackwards. The left lane is for turns and straight-thru traffic, and it is making a mess of that intersection. Cars on the Weirs side think that both sides are the same and I am seeing lots of near-misses. Additionally, coming from the Gilford side you actually have to move to the right in order to avoid the island on the opposite side of Route 11.
2. Coming off of the Laconia Bypass and merging onto Route 11 westbound is bad. There are no yield or stop signs there and I've nearly been broadsided several times by folks who seem to want to race traffic toward Wal-Mart.
3. The entrance to Lowe's parking lot? There is no signage whatsoever there. Someone must have the right of way, but no one knows who that someone is. I don't have a death wish, so I always look both ways and proceed with extreme caution. But some well-placed signage could cure that.
I'm sure that some of this is the Gilford Highway Department and some is the New Hampshire DOT, but it would be fabulous if Gilford could take the initiative and make all our roads safe for all of us. I didn't move to this beautiful town so that I can live free ... and die.
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