Goffstown forum focuses on traffic flow
Public Works Director Carl Quiram and Michael Long of McFarland-Johnson fielded questions and comments from the public regarding two intersections — Elm, High and Main streets, and Mast Road, Pleasant Street and Main Street.
Conceptual drawings included two mini roundabouts at the same intersection and the relocation of the Goffstown Public Library.
At Pleasant and Main streets, Long said, the preferred solution would be a modification of the existing intersection that better channels traffic in the area.
“It’s the best solution for this intersection at this time,” he said.
That plan would cost an estimated $230,000 as opposed to $450,000 for a traffic light and $490,000 for a full roundabout.
The cost would be $165,000, as opposed to $420,000 for a traffic light and $1.1 million for a full roundabout, which would include the cost of relocating the library.
The idea of installing traffic lights at both intersections was rejected by the steering committee formed to study the issue, as they were not considered to be in keeping with the character of Goffstown Village.
One proposal suggested by John Hikel, who is a state representative, included making the Main Street area a town square, with one-way streets running around it.
Lauriat also disagreed with the concept of one-way streets.Selectmen will make the final decision on the intersections, and construction is expected to begin next summer.
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