All Sections
Welcome guest, you have 3 views left.  Register| Sign In

Windham neighborhood wants speed limit lowered

WINDHAM — Residents in one Windham neighborhood are battling the town and state to reduce their road’s speed limit.

During Monday’s selectmen meeting, town officials and citizens debated the topic at great length. Local police remained skeptical as to whether changing Westchester Road’s 30 mph speed limit to 25 mph would help address the speeding issue.

Town Administrator David Sullivan said the issue has been raised “dozens of time” over the past several years.

Most recently, the Windham Police department conducted a speed survey of the area in response to residents’ concerns.
Police Chief Gerald Lewis said the survey results revealed that 85 percent of motorists on Westchester Road travel at an average speed of 35 miles per hour.

The survey results, among other factors, led members of the town’s highway safety committee to opt against lowering the speed limit earlier this year.
Westchester Road residents Renee and Joshua Cushman told town officials this week that they’re still hoping to see the speed limit lowered.

“We have several young children and we’re just amazed at the speed people drive down our street,” Renee Cushman said.
Her husband added that he’d “like to see a 25 mph speed limit sign posted at the top of the road.”

Chairman Ross McLeod noted that there are several such signs around town but he felt those signs “are a feel good measure” as they’re not legally binding.
“It’s just like putting up a ‘Slow Children’ sign,” he said. “You’re hoping that people will see it and drive slower, but the design of our roadways doesn’t necessarily discourage fast driving.”

Under New Hampshire traffic laws, the speed limit for business and urban residence districts is 30 miles per hour.
After hearing from citizens and town officials, a motion by Selectman Bruce Breton to lower that one road’s speed limit to 25 mph was ultimately approved by fellow board members. However, Lewis stressed that any final decisions on the matter would rest with the state Department of Transportation, since right now a 25 mph speed limit sign isn’t legally enforceable.
“I’m going to enforce a 30 mph limit because that’s what the state says I have to do,” he said. “And when you put signs up that you can’t enforce, those signs can actually do more harm than good because it makes us inconsistent.”

Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour
When you arrive you'll be offered signature holiday cookies and candies, as well as a Holiday Recipe Cookbook to take home so you can bake the sweet treats yourself!

37th Annual Candlelight Stroll 37th Annual Candlelight Stroll
In the spirit of a truly Vintage Christmas, Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth welcomes visitors to travel through 300+ years of daily life in the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock this...

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees Wolfeboro Festival of Trees
The Wolfeboro Festival of Trees, which is held annually at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, is a charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 65 trees decorated by area organizations and...

Eileen Ivers and Her Amazing Celtic Band Eileen Ivers and Her Amazing Celtic Band
Back at the Dana Center in Manchester this weekend - by popular demand - Eileen Ivers is acclaimed as one of the paramount innovators in the Celtic and World music genres.

Lights on the Hill Lights on the Hill
Celebrate the spirit of the season with "Lights on the Hill" at the Candia Congregational Church and other historic 19th century buildings in Candia.

Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed

Contact Information

The Salem Observer
100 William Loeb Drive
Manchester, NH 03109

Ph: 603-206-7800
Fax: 603-206-7801

Neighborhood News publications can be found at a newsstand near you here.

News, Obituaries, Sports & Social Announcements

Christine Heiser, Executive Editor
Ph: 603-206-7811

Erik Frey
Sales Representative
Office: 603-668-4321 x191
Cell: 603-205-0876
Print rate card | Digital rate card
Email ads to
Classified advertising: 603-669-1010

Calendar Listings
Please use our online form at