Intersection changes planned
Wilton will be taking measures to make two town intersections safer, including this Y intersection at Burns Hill Road and Isaac Frye Highway, and considering whether to add Maple Street to its no through trucking ordinance. (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
WILTON — Concerns about safety and traffic flow have caused the town to focus on changes to two intersections.
During the Select Board’s meeting on Aug. 12, the board members spoke with Police Chief Brent Hautanen and Road Agent Steve Elliot about concerns they had regarding intersections at Dale Street and Pead Hill Road, and at Burns Hill and Isaac Frye Highway.
Hautanen said he recently received a resident complaint about cars going too fast through the Pead Hill intersection. It’s a concern for him, as well, he said.
“I’ve never liked that intersection. There are lots of blind spots,” he told the board. The only recent accidents at that intersection have been weather related, he told the board, but he would like to see the issue addressed before an accident occurred.
Elliot agreed that the Pead Hill Road intersection was an issue, but he also pointed to another intersection that had similar issues: Burns Hill and Isaac Frye Highway. If board members were willing to consider taking safety steps at the Pead Hill Road intersection, he would like the second intersection addressed as well. Select Board Chair Dan Donovan agreed that on Burns Hill there was a line-of-sight problem when exiting in either direction.
Currently, both intersections are a Y construction, with forks branching both left and right, and an island in the middle. For Pead Hill Road, Elliot said making the left-turn arm of the Y a one-way street with striping and signs might solve most of the issues, and eliminate the possible engineering and construction costs, especially since the Pead Hill Road intersection island contains both a fire hydrant and utility pole. On Burns Hill, however, he would propose eliminating the Y construction, in favor of a T intersection.
The board agreed with the plans, and will start the mitigation measures on Pead Hill Road this year. They also agreed to pay for the engineering phase — approximately $2,000 — of the Burns Hill intersection with funds in the current Highway budget. Next year, work will begin to convert the Burns Hill intersection from a Y to a T.
In a separate issue, Hautanen also asked the board to consider adding Maple Street to the town’s no-through trucking ordinance. He recently stopped a truck carrying an oversized load traveling on Maple Street. The truck driver told him that he was over the allowed weight for the bridge next to the Police Department, and the State Department of Transportation had recommended traveling through Maple Street. The street is too narrow to support that kind of traffic, said Hautanen, and he was concerned that the weight would brake up the paving. Trucks can travel through Lyndeborough Center Road, or, if they are coming from Greenfield, through Peterborough as alternate routes, he said.
The board agreed to hold a public hearing during its regular Select Board meeting on Aug. 26 concerning adding Maple Street to the no through trucking ordinance. The Select Board will meet next on Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Select Board office in the Town Hall.