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Alderman seeks to halt accidents, install traffic signals at busy Manchester intersection

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 28. 2014 9:23PM

MANCHESTER — A city alderman wants traffic signals to be installed at a Goffstown Road intersection that was the site of a motorcycle accident earlier this month that claimed two lives.

The crash occurred at the junction of Goffstown Road and Montgomery Street on July 12. A Ford sedan collided with a motorcycle being driven by Richard Frink, who died of his injuries later that day. His passenger, Debra Smith, succumbed to her injuries five days later. The crash remains under investigation by the Manchester police.

The intersection is located in a residential section of Ward 12, which is represented by Alderman Keith Hirschmann. He’s requested that new traffic signals be considered by the Committee on Traffic and Public Safety and the Committee on Community Improvement, which is responsible for funding infrastructure projects.

“I feel terrible some people lost their lives there. I want to address this before anyone else gets hurt,” Hirschmann said. There is currently one stop sign at the intersection, on Montgomery Street where it meets the busier Goffstown Road. Two other nearby streets also feed into the intersection, Champlain and Taggart streets.

The intersection was ranked 206 on a list of the 229 spots in Manchester with the highest vehicular accident rates in a study released last year by the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. There were 11 accidents there between 2008 and 2013, according to the report.

Hirschmann said the problems at the intersection have escalated in recent years as Goffstown Road has become busier.

“That’s the main thoroughfare to Goffstown, and that’s how you get to Northwest Elementary School, so there’s a lot of bus activity and mothers picking up kids at school,” he said. “This should’ve been addressed before this.”

The proposed traffic signals are expected to be on the agendas of the two committees when they meet next month.

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