There is an article in today's Laconia Daily Sun on the "allusive"( actually I think "elusive" is the correct word) Rt 3 and Rt 25 intersection solution in Meredith. Anyone who drives in that area especially during peak seasons is aware of the horrendous traffic tie ups with vehicles backed up sometimes for a few miles. Meredith wasn't always the way it is today. As the town grew in the past 25 years or so and became a destination instead of just a pass through , traffic volumes increased locally. Combine that with the progressive increase in East-West volume on Rt 25, and it was no surprise that the intersection was once ranked by AAA as the 17th worst intersection in the country.
The NH DOT had big scale plans to work on the entire area from Rt 104 to nearly the Center Harbor line, but it seems that the only money available is about $5 Million which may not even be sufficient to improve the actual intersection.
Meredith does have the advantage of the village area being far back from the main highway. Unlike Moultonboro, it's "main street" is not also a major and vital traffic corridor. That is something we just can't ignore here in Moultonboro. We are forced to think in terms of mitigating the traffic impact both current and future.
The lesson for us perhaps is that if the village develops with more commercial and tourist business, we will also see more traffic stopping, turning, parking etc. The flow of vehicles including big trucks will also continue to increase through the village. It's the proverbial elephant in the room.
Whatever we decide for the future of the village, Rt 25 just won't go away.