Auto Road reopens in Miller State Park improvement milestone

  • The construction plan for utility upgrades and beautification efforts along the access road at Pack Monadnock in Miller State Park. Courtesy image

  • Jonathan Mesquita, Jr. of Twin State Traffic Control closes the gate at the Pack Monadnock auto road after letting some workers through Wednesday. The road is set to reopen to the public Friday, June 11. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Pack Monadnock auto road is set to reopen Friday, June 11. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Pack Monadnock auto road is set to reopen Friday, June 11. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/9/2021 4:13:10 PM

Miller State Park’s auto road is scheduled to reopen on June 11, heralding the completion of a number of major improvements to the park.

The 1.3-mile paved road connecting Route 101 to the summit of Pack Monadnock is a popular walking spot for locals and visitors. Over the past three years, local park users have been working with the DNCR, Eversource, and other state interests to devise a beautification plan for the park, to deploy in tandem with necessary upgrades to the utility lines that extend up the mountain.

Work started in April. Eversource removed some existing poles along the road, buried lines underground at the summit, and rerouted their lines to a visually inconspicuous path through the woods. “All line construction was completed on May 20th and it is energized and in service,” an Eversource representative wrote on Monday. The Auto Road was able to open to the public on weekends before closing this week for scheduled repairs. Those repairs are expected to wrap up on Thursday. “The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will be coordinating any additional enhancements to the park, including painting the buildings or tree trimming for enhanced scenic views,” the Eversource representative wrote.


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