Monday, April 20, 2015

Road Conditions

I wasn't able to attend tonight's Road Informational session, but speaking of roads, have you noticed how poorly Holland Street ( a State road)  has fared after last years repaving? It may improve a bit after the spring thaw is over, but lets compare that work to Old 109 and Lee Road which were ground up and then repaved. Both those town roads held up very well over the winter and so far during frost heave season. An expensive option to be sure, but its one of those pay me now or pay me later situations. Holland Street will be just as bad as it was before repaving in just a few years if not sooner and the five mile stretch to Center Sandwich must have cost a pretty penny.
I wasn't always sold on this, but the results of a larger investment up front is obvious: this course over the long haul will save taxpayers money. Cosmetic fixes like what occurred on Holland Street and Bean Road may be good for politicians looking for votes to return to Concord, but in the end it seems a waste of money.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Understand that Moultonborough Neck Road is under NH DOT responsibility for repair, primarily because of the future town budget busting potential of the Long Island Bridge. Considering that high tax paying waterfront resident voters as well as high tax paying, non-voter, waterfront second home owners have to navigate this pot hole gauntlet (with no other avenue of escape), could someone be kind enough to share when repairs are scheduled for 'neck surgery'? These folks who greatly help subsidize schools, fire and police protection, administrators, buildings, even gyms and sidewalks, deserve some fair play. I fear it's inevitable that as joggers/walkers avoid potholes in their path, they will meet up with the front fenders of motorists doing the same...thanks in advance for any updates!

Frost damage.Man Caused. said...

Holland St is a paved cow path, without Swales and ditches to drain away subsurface water. Pave it..frost heaves it...and back to square one...only way is complete reconstruction, with drainage.....nothing new here....not rocket science...leaders just have to put on big boy pants, and do this right.
We also have to tell the state DOT that we are not just sharecroppers up here, with Massa ruling from Concord...

Anonymous said...

Please note that the Legislature considered reducing the DOT operating budget. That would have meant even less patching of potholes and forget about any complete rebuilds of roads such as Holland Street or the Neck. Now for a question .... what happens to the Neck Pathway should the state ever do something to the roadway? The town is spending money to blend it into the roadway so what will be the state's position if it wants to do an overlay or complete rebuild in the next 30 or 40 years.

Janet Cramer said...

On the other hand, the Long Island Road Hill was redone over 20 years ago. It was done in a unique way....ground up, flattened, a thick (probably 10 or 15 mil) membrane placed down over the entire stretch from just beyond the Long Island Bridge to the top of the hill on Long Island. Although it's showing cracking and decay now, that was a historically awful stretch and has survived remarkably well for an incredibly long time. In fact, you can still see where that process stopped at the top of the Long Island Hill (near Deer Run Road) and the area past that special treatment has been patched, resurfaced, patched and resurfaced many many times while the hill just hangs in there. I believe that was DOT -- that was a home run.