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Residents Voice Opposition to St. Gaudens Road Repairs

Residents have made their voices heard regarding the proposed improvements for St. Gaudens Road in Cornish. A public meeting was held last Thursday at the Cornish Town Hall and about 40 residents turned out to hear from the NH Department of Transportation for their planned project for the stretch of road from 12A to the St. Gaudens main site.

The Eagle Times reports that residents voiced several concerns regarding the removal of the current guardrail and installation of a new one as well as the removal of 14 trees on the side of the road. Additional work mainly includes the removal of the existing pavement, which is worn and cracked, and replacing it with new asphalt and eventually adding a final overlay on top.

The guardrail will be replaced with a NU-Guard guardrail, considering that the existing wire rail was built in the 1930s and would not be effective in the event of a crash. However, the new fence would be an eyesore, according ot residents.

NHDOT officials have expressed that if residents are not happy with the project as it is currently being presented, then it will amended and not done without the input of residents. The start and duration of the project have not been set as of yet but will cost the state roughly $585,000 to complete.

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