Public hearing for Jaffrey roundabout project delayed to summer’s end

  • Downtown Jaffrey Ledger-Transcript file photo—

  • The proposed plan calls for two roundabouts in downtown Jaffrey. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/6/2019 5:20:36 PM

A formal public hearing for Jaffrey’s downtown traffic improvements project has been delayed to the end of the summer, according to the project’s engineer.

Marty Kennedy, a senior principal at VHB, a civil engineering firm based in Bedford, said Friday that the meeting – originally planned for the late winter/early spring – has been pushed off for three primary reasons: having individual meetings with impacted property owners, working with organizations like NH Department of Historic Resources to assess various impacts of the project, and the finalization of an environmental study. 

“We don’t want to go to the public hearing until everyone has the opportunity to get the information they need,” Kennedy said. “We don’t have everything completed and you don’t want to have this meeting in June or July … when you get into the summer months, you start running into vacations and we want as many people to come as possible.”

The proposed plan for downtown Jaffrey – which if approved would be state funded – is to build two roundabouts, one at the five-way intersection of Routes 202 and 124, Stratton Road, and Blake Street, and a second on River Street south of Red’s in Jaffrey. 

The second roundabout is needed because of a bridge planned to be built over the Contoocook River between Blake Street and River Street, allowing traffic to bypass the more congested section of downtown. 

The public hearing in the summer would assemble a formal committee to listen to all the impacts of the project and take public comments. 

Kennedy said there will also be a formal comment period after the meeting. After that, the committee will determine if the project is approved. 

Delaying the public hearing should have no impact on the start of construction – currently slated to begin in 2022 – should the project be approved. 

 Kennedy said Lab ’n Lager on Stratton Road and an apartment complex on River Street next to the Jaffrey War Memorial Park would still have to be removed to accommodate the current plan.

Meetings have been had with both property owners but nothing formal can be finalized until the project is approved, Kennedy said. 


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