Report shows Dublin needs to spend more money on roads

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:15AM

Dublin’s paved roads are currently in good shape, but the town will have to consider doubling or tripling its road budget to keep them that way, according to a new study. 

Henry Underwood, a GIS specialist/planner with the Southwest Regional Planning Commission, met with Dublin selectmen on Monday to discuss the recently completed pavement preservation plan, which assessed each town-owned paved road in town on a score of zero to 100.

The plan offered four recommendations for funding road repairs, ranging between spending an average of $100,000 to $200,000 for the next ten years. 

“You will have to significantly increase your spending to get better roads,” said Underwood. The plan shows that about $2 million would need to be spent over the next 10 years to increase road quality by five-percent. 

In 2016, the town the town raised $65,000 for the road construction capital reserve fund, up $45,000 from the year previous.

In order to keep the roads in similar condition, the plan is recommending that the town commits an estimate $1.4 million over the next ten years, averaging out to $140,000 per year.

Two other plans were presented – both averaging out to about $100,000 per year – both both are deemed to not keep town roads at their current quality. 

Dublin was one of nine communities in New Hampshire to take part in a pilot program led by University of New Hampshire’s Technology Transfer Center, according to Underwood. The cost of the study was covered under dues that Dublin pays to the SWRPC. 

No decisions were made by selectmen during their Monday meeting about following a particular plan or increasing spending on roads. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.