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County Farm Road to be made emergency access during bridge repair



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:43PM

The town of Wilton is set to move forward with making a Class VI portion of County Farm Road accessible for emergency vehicles during a bridge repair.

In a public hearing on Monday, selectmen told residents the town is not allowed, by law, to put town funds into a Class VI road, unless it is designated an emergency lane. The town wishes to make improvements to the road to give access to the south end of County Farm Road during bridge repairs on the north end of County Farm Road.

A Class VI road, typically, doesn’t receive town maintenance such as plowing or repairs.

“It’s most likely that we’ll need to close the bridge for periods of time while the work is being done, and that’s the only actual access to the houses on that road,” Selectman Kermit Williams said during the hearing.

The only other access to the homes is via the Class VI portion. The road would at a minimum, need to be treated with gravel to make it passable both to domestic traffic on the road and to make it available for emergency access.

Williams clarified the town would take charge of the road for only as long as it is needed for access reasons, at which point it would no longer be maintained.

“Right now, [Fire Chief Jim] Cutler would have a heck of a time getting an engine down there, and I don’t even know if you could get an engine down that road,” Department of Public Works Director Jim Lavecchia said.

Residents of the road only had a few clarifying questions, but none raised any objections. Based on feedback, the board agreed to mark the road so non-residential traffic would know not to use it as a through-road, and Lavecchia told residents there was no plans to make any changes or remove any trees on the Class V portion of the road as part of making the southern entrance passable.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.