Final hearing on proposed Jaffrey roundabouts Wednesday

  • Marty Kennedy speaks to the Jaffrey Select Board during its meeting Monday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/30/2019 2:55:12 PM

The NH Department of Transportation plans to take final public comments Wednesday on its proposed traffic plan for downtown Jaffrey.

Following that meeting and final adjustments, the proposal is to go before the state’s Executive Council, which is to vote on whether it moves forward.

The project includes two roundabouts, one at the five-way intersection of Routes 202 and 124, Stratton Road and Blake Street. The second would be on River Street. 

A bridge built between Blake Street and River Street, connecting the two roundabouts, is also proposed.

The project would require the destruction of the current Lab ‘n Lager pub and an apartment building on River Street.

The state plans to begin negotiations with those property owners following the final public hearing. 

Marty Kennedy, the principal on the proposed project, appeared before the Select Board on Monday to give an overview of the project and discuss what items the Select Board may have input on.

In particular, Kennedy said, the board’s input would be taken into consideration when deciding how to control traffic at the intersection of Main Street and River Street, which is currently controlled by a street light.

The formation of the intersection doesn’t require a light, Kennedy said, but the corner building blocks sightlines enough that the town could make a case for a light or to use stop signs. 

The town will also have input on aesthetic concerns such as street lighting, though it will have to pick up the tab if it wants features above and beyond the state’s plan, Kennedy said.

Members of the board expressed concern about the elimination of crosswalk lights, particularly as they are often used by school children as they make their way to and from the Jaffrey Grade School. 

Kennedy said there are options to add an alert light for drivers, which will not stop traffic, but will make drivers more aware of pedestrians in the walk, and that they must yield to them.

Studies have shown that crossings at roundabouts, where there is a single direction of traffic, is safer than other crossings, Kennedy told the board. 

The final public hearing on the proposal will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the VFW hall in Jaffrey.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., for the public to view maps and drawings of the proposal, and begin at 6:30 p.m.

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