To The Daily Sun,
In the past few weeks, without any public hearings, the NH DOT installed rumble strips on Route 28. On the Wednesday and Thursday prior to Memorial Day Weekend most of the strips were installed on the section of highway from Alton to Wolfeboro. I live and own a business in what I am now calling Rumble Strip Alley. I am writing this letter to see if my neighbors along Route 28 are as outraged as I am by the level and frequency of noise created by the triple line of strips.
Since this started, I have had frequent conversation with different folks at DOT. My first calls started to keep the strips from going across the entrance to my business – Roberts Knoll Campground, located at 1439 Wolfeboro Highway (Route 28). After five calls, I was directed to the design office in Concord, because only they could change the plan, which was to cut strips across my entrance. No calls were returned, but by late afternoon a DOT employee marked off the entrance way. He also told me they had just been talking about what to do at these side entrances that were not public roads. Not much forethought? Since then, Mr. Ronald Grandmaison from DOT planning has tried to address my concerns and did admit he dropped the ball and did not have public hearings.
This was all done in the name of safety and since this was done, DOT has added a section to their home page under Highway Design to provide answers to our questions about the rumbles strips. I agree safety is important while driving our highways, but are all the deep rumble strips necessary?
I have driven Route 28 from Allenstown to Ossipee. They have installed the center line rumble strip along the entire route (except where paving is going to take place). The nine miles from Alton to Wolfeboro is the only section with shoulder rumble strips that are right on the white line (not giving much room to avoid them). I can live with the center line in the name of safety, but question why this section of Route 28 was designed for the installation of the shoulder rumble strips? There is an identical section in Allenstown that has no shoulder strips. These shoulder strips create at least 50 to 66 percent more noise. Remove them and we could eliminate a lot of the noise.
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