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Epping says it doesn't want liability for pedestrian signal
The state is proposing a signal on Route 125 in Epping to help users of the rail trail cross the busy highway. (Jason Schreiber)
"I don't think the town should have any responsibility or liability with a crosswalk on a rail trail," said Board of Selectmen Chairman Tom Gauthier.
But that's the state's policy when it comes to the installation of these signals known as "pedestrian hybrid beacons," according to Sally Gunn, senior traffic operations engineer with the state Department of Transportation's Bureau of Traffic.
In those cases, Gunn said the towns agreed to take ownership of the signals.
Gunn said the signals are an effective way to stop traffic on a highway like Route 125, which sees a traffic volume of 27,000 vehicles a day.
"It is mind boggling that someone hasn't been flattened by a truck," Selectman Jim McGeough said.
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