To The Daily Sun,
The article on the Laconia Bypass hazards, written by David Carkhuff, was excellent. The comments made by Gilford Police Lt. Kris Kelley, relating to not having the highway physically divided, hit home with me and possibly others.
One example of a barrier that was set up, and that is effective, is was in Pawtucket, R.I., on I-95. The highway is through the downtown and was designed with a serpentine configuration. There were multiple accidents at that point in a short period of time. The guardrail was replaced with a Jersey barrier. The new barrier was checked after 24 hours and was found to have had approximately 55 hits from tires.
A second example of a Jersey barrier correction was on a highway from the city of South Tahoe to Carson City, Nevada. I got on it accidentally when I missed a turn around and couldn't turn around. I needed gas anyway.
Lord knows how many more examples there are between the coasts. I hope that this approach will be given consideration here and not turned into a political flap over money. Drivers and their passengers lives count and are worth more than the material costs.
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