The Town has talked for years about the issues with heavy traffic on Rt. 25 running right through the Village and how to slow down vehicles to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Traditionally , physical barriers are put in place, such as narrowing the travel lanes or installing islands to separate the traffic. These can be costly as well as unsightly and may not fit with the intended look and feel of the historic village.
As part of the recently approved Master Plan Transportation chapter, this is a high priority for the village and should be tackled sooner rather than later.The difficulty is how to implement this in conjunction with sidewalks and other improvements such as a town green.
One possibility that was brought to the attention of the Planning Board was to construct a series of traffic circles, forcing vehicles to slow down to safely navigate the turns as they literally wind through the village. That idea was shot down due to cost and the need to take a fairly large amount of land to construct the traffic circles. Aesthetically, the view from the air as planes flew over to and from the Moultonboro Airport, would have been too similar to the look of crop circles, and not at all fitting with the character and look of an old New England town.
Also rejected was the NH DOT engineers concept of using concrete barriers in key locations along Rt. 25, that would periodically narrow the lanes to force drivers to slow down. While cost effective, that was also thought to be not in keeping with the desired look for the village.
The solution agreed to was quite innovative, does not impact the look of the village and will be cost effective. There is a company that specializes in traffic calming using modern technology called Slow Transit For Drivers, better know in the industry as S-T-F-D.
The way it works is a series of discreet solar powered radar activated lights are placed along the roadway, and when a vehicle drives past a sensor at even one mph over the speed limit, extremely bright lights illuminate and project the company logo (S-T-F-D!) halo-graphically onto the drivers windshield. Two successive sensor activation will trigger a digital image of the vehicle license plate and an automatic speeding ticket.
Moultonboro will be the first town in NH to have this system installed. It is expected to be operational by April 1st 2018.