Ray Korber of the Town Engineering firm KV Partners, presented an overview of the progress to date in fulfilling the directive of Article 30 of 2015 Town meeting:
The "deliverable" due the end of 2016 is the "engineering, acquisition of rights of way or easements, legal costs , preparation of plans and specifications, and bidding for the purpose of sidewalk construction in Moultonborough Village." The article is non-lapsing until December 31st 2016.
KV Partners presented two plans incorporating both north and south sidewalk options. The possibility of voters approving a bond for a community center that would include an access road that winds through the school property to Rt 25, could potentially avoid the need for some segments of sidewalk as there would be a safe walking area all the way from the Central School to Rt. 25 near Murphy's store.
Where to put crosswalks is also an issue and the engineer strongly recommended one at Blake Road and the other near Murphy's. It was his opinion that NH DOT would not approve a crosswalk to the day care center as it would be in an area where drivers would not be expecting one. They would prefer he thought Blake Road, as that is where traffic would expect it to be.
The sidewalks themselves would be six feet wide and would be built so as not to disturb existing Rt 25 pavement. It would begin at the edge of the breakdown lane pavement and construction could occur without impacting traffic and could be done in one construction season.
Another variable is the proposed Dollar General across from Blake Road which will be required to build a small section of sidewalk on it's property. Connecting all these dots is not an easy task, so at this point, it was agreed to hold off further work until after Town meeting and the Legislative body decision on the Community Center.