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Plan will keep roads open for emergencies

PETERBOROUGH — The Select Board designated Legacy Lane and Robbe Farm Road in West Peterborough as “emergency lanes” following a public hearing on Tuesday. The decision will allow the town to plow the two private roads in the Legacy Woods development and do enough maintenance to guarantee ambulance access while arrangements to accept the two roads as town roads are being finalized.

“This will allow us to spend tax dollars on private roads to keep them open for emergency purposes,” DPW Director Rodney Bartlett told the Select Board. He said the town would only be doing the repairs necessary to keep the roads passable.

At Town Meeting in May, voters approved a $200,000 bond to be used to bring the two roads up to town standards. The bond is to be paid off through betterment charges assessed to the owners of the homes in the Legacy Woods neighborhood.

Bartlett said he is in the process of getting quotes on survey work for the roads, to determine if they were laid out according to the original plan for the private subdivision. If not, some easements from residents could be required before the town takes on the responsibility to permanently maintain the two roads.

Bartlett said the survey work should be done by the end of November. Test pits and pavement analysis would be done after the survey is complete.

“We plan to do construction in the spring,” Bartlett said.

The Select Board unanimously approved a motion to make the roads emergency lanes.

“Thank you,” said Victor King, a resident of Legacy Woods. “At times, snow removal hasn’t happened at all.

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