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January 14. 2013 9:21PM

Milford voters to have say on sidewalks

MILFORD - Voters will be asked to weigh in on a $289,000 bond to run sidewalks along the east end of Nashua Street, but plans for a traffic light at the intersection of Ponemah Hill Road are being put off for now.

Town Administrator Guy Scaife said the $289,000 bond request would extend sidewalks along the busy stretch of Nashua Street from around the Medlyn Monument store past the trailer park located just after Ponemah Hill Road and ending at Walgreens.

Currently there are no sidewalks in that area, though there is a great deal of pedestrian traffic along Nashua Street (Route 101A) from several apartment complexes to the two shopping plazas further east.

"We'd like to make that area safer for the people who walk there, but we'd also like to encourage more walking by providing sidewalks," said Scaife.

The bond request will be put before voters on the ballot in March, said Scaife.

Another fix to that section of Nashua Street that has been tossed about for several years is a traffic signal at Ponemah Hill Road, but Scaife said that won't be happening this year.

Scaife said the intersection at Giorgio's Restaurant and Ponemah Hill warrants the installation of a traffic light because of the high volume of traffic coming on and off Nashua Street, but it's just not a request the town is prepared to put before the voters this year.

"The plan is on the books to put a light there and improve that intersection," said Scaife. "It's just a matter of when we bring it to the voters."

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is planning to install a traffic signal at the east end of Route 101A at the on-ramp to Route 101 east, said Scaife. However that project is not slated to begin until 2018 as part of the state's 10-year highway plan. But engineering will be completed on the design this year in case money comes available sooner for "shovel-ready" projects.
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