December 06. 2012 11:01PM

Wolfeboro bond hearing to focus on road projects

Union Leader Correspondent

WOLFEBORO - More major road repairs may be in Wolfeboro's future.

The board of selectmen will host a public bond hearing on Dec. 19 to review five big ticket items on the 2013 town warrant including $1.45 million for road work.

A proposed $700,000 bond issue would cover Center Street reconstruction from South Main Street to Wolfeboro Falls. Repairs include a new roadway, drainage and sidewalks with granite curbing, as well as intersection upgrades. This is a proposed New Hampshire Department of Transportation municipal management project with a total cost of $2.1 million. The state will fund two-thirds of the cost and the town's portion is $700,000, according to the public notice posted on Thursday.

David Ford, director of Public Works and Water and Sewer Utilities, said the work will begin across from Pickering Corner and stretch about 1,800 feet up Center Street to Willow Street.

The work will also improve site distance from Lehner Street onto Center Street, where any driver who has tried to take a left turn can attest to the challenge of seeing oncoming traffic from the right.

Improvements include new ADA compliant sidewalks with curbs, four-foot bicycle lanes on both sides of the street, and more clearly defined driveway cuts.

"We have some long driveway cuts and we'll make it more pedestrian friendly," he said.

Another $600,000 bond article is part of the town's annual allocation for general road repairs. Next year's funding would be applied to five miles of road reconstruction to portions of Cotton Valley Road, Percy Drive, Interlakes Way, Pork Hill Road and Stoneham Road.

A third road-related bond requests $150,000 for an engineering study of Middleton Road. Ford said Middleton Road is a state road that over the years has been neglected. The state wants to turn a 1-mile portion back to the town.

"It's in terrible condition," said Ford.

The state would fund two-thirds of the cost, with the town's portion at $150,000 for first phase engineering.

Major improvements to Lehner Street, including water and sewer line replacement, repaving and new sidewalks, were recently completed and the town is now looking to get rid of two eyesores on the street.

A $130,000 bond article would pay for acquiring, demolishing and removing two abandoned buildings at 74 and 80 Lehner St. The properties are located directly adjacent to the Foss Field recreational complex.

Other bond requests include $400,000 for upgrades to the sewer collection system; $239,000 for upgrades to the Public Works Facility on Pine Hill Road; and $200,000 for a new maintenance building for the Parks and Recreation Department.

The bond public hearing will be held at 6:40 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Library Public Meeting Room, 259 South Main St.

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