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Hot Topic: Skepticism on Loudon Road

  • Traffic engineer Rob Mack points to a part of the aerial photograph of Loudon Road during a presentation at a public hearing  on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 about the project that would reduce the road from a four lane (as seen on top) to a three lane (simulated on the bottom.) Mack and Concord city engineer Ed Roberge showed plans and presented the project to over 50 residents that attended the meeting. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Traffic engineer Rob Mack points to a part of the aerial photograph of Loudon Road during a presentation at a public hearing on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 about the project that would reduce the road from a four lane (as seen on top) to a three lane (simulated on the bottom.) Mack and Concord city engineer Ed Roberge showed plans and presented the project to over 50 residents that attended the meeting.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Traffic engineer Rob Mack points to a part of the aerial photograph of Loudon Road during a presentation at a public hearing  on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 about the project that would reduce the road from a four lane (as seen on top) to a three lane (simulated on the bottom.) Mack and Concord city engineer Ed Roberge showed plans and presented the project to over 50 residents that attended the meeting. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

The Concord City Council was unanimous in its decision to reduce Loudon Road from four lanes of traffic to three. Monitor readers, however, are not unanimously convinced this is a good idea. In fact, so far, all the mail we’ve received has been negative. Here’s a sampling of local reaction.

Political stupidity

I have always had a low opinion of the people who control Concord. But the city council has pushed back the boundaries of political stupidity in its decision to cut in half the number of Loudon Road traffic lanes. The council has voted to fit a Size 10 foot into a Size 5 shoe.

Every business on Loudon Road will be hurt by this, and all property values along the road will tumble. You will have more accidents as people in stop-and-go traffic get rear-ended. And if you want to wait in a 60-minute traffic jam everyday, why not move to Boston?

The fact that the federal government schemes to pour your money into this tells you it will be as wonderful as the war in Afghanistan. We are going to have bike lanes on a road where no one rides bicycles. What Loudon Road needs is to have the sidewalks plowed and de-iced. Of course, the government is not going to pay for anything that actually helps people.

MARK RUFO

Concord

Better plan for Loudon Road

The city proposal to reduce the number of lanes of traffic both on the Heights and on Main Street has major flaws.

I have lived and worked in the Concord area for more than 40 years and seen many changes in the traffic flow. We were told that building Interstate 393 would result in traffic being diverted from the Heights – as would the completion of Regional Drive. Yes, we did see diversion of through-traffic on I-393 and the diversion of some traffic to the industrial area of Regional Drive. However, when on Loudon Road coming from the mall during peak travel times, I still find myself in traffic backed up from East Side Drive to Allard Street.

I would hazard a guess that this traffic pattern results in longer waits to proceed down Loudon Road.

Instead of rebuilding the infrastructure, they should look at better traffic management. Extend Canterbury Road to provide an outlet to Regional Drive. Restrict exits from side streets onto Loudon Road to right turns unless signals are provided. Restrict entry to side streets unless signals are present. Provide additional crosswalks with signals.

WAYNE BURGESS

Concord

Bouchard turns her back on Ward 9

Concord City Councilor Candace Bouchard sat in silence at the Dec. 18 public hearing on the Heights where city engineers Ed Roberge and Robert Mack first presented their plan to transform Loudon Road from four to three lanes. According to the Monitor, more than 50 residents attended that meeting and most were opposed to this project.

Instead of giving voice to the concerns of her constituents at Monday night’s city council meeting, Bouchard chose to be the first councilor to propose that the plan be accepted by the full council. It should also be noted that she arrived late and missed most of the public testimony that was offered before the vote. So thanks for the representation, Councilor. I’ll remember this when I’m trying desperately to make a left turn out of my apartment complex onto Loudon Road faced with a steady stream of one-lane traffic with no breaks in sight. I’ll also remember this when I’m crawling down Loudon Road on a Saturday afternoon (or most other times, for that matter) backed up as far as I can see. Christmastime should be a real picnic.

Oh, and I’ll also remember this when it comes time for re-election and I see your name on the ballot. Surely Ward 9 voters deserve a councilor who advocates on their behalf instead of blatantly ignoring their opinions.

ELAINE KELLERMAN

Concord

Eat your heart out, Jack and the Beanstalk

What the Count Rumford are they doing to my city? While Steve “The Music Man” Duprey is busy demolishing historic Main Street, the Concord City Council is scheming to eliminate traffic lanes downtown, and now uptown. The five magic beans we get in trade are in the form of heated sidewalks for the former, and bicycle lanes for the latter. Eat your heart out, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Bike lanes on Loudon Road? As a bicyclist, I’m all for it. As a business owner, I would be less than thrilled. Sure, traffic can avoid “the strip” via Interstate 393 and Route 106, but is that the objective? Why would we want to keep vehicles away from the plethora of restaurants on the Concord Heights? As a rule, families don’t bicycle to dinner. Even fewer do it in the dead of winter. Yes, there’s a traffic problem on Loudon Road, but rushing the resolve, just for the sake of a $1.44 million grant, seems less than prudent.

Not too many years ago, Concord took advantage of another federal grant. That one to fund the senseless reconfiguration of curbs and sidewalks on some of her downtown side streets. The result was disastrous, requiring much of it to be undone. Apparently, we didn’t learn from that debacle.

Oh, there’s trouble in Concord City, big trouble!

SCOTT PRESTON HARDY

Concord

It's obviously time for Plan B. A good start might be banning City Council from Happy Hour on meeting nights.

Thanks to all who made comments on this idiotic plan for Loudon Road. I took the time to call Councilwoman Bouchard twice about this matter and she told me she did not support it. Now she has changed her mind and supports it. Time to go Candice! You most certainly did not support the folks you represent. Who got to you? You have lost my vote. Picture this folks! Three lanes on Loudon Road. Five foot bike lanes on each side and State Law says a vehicle must be three feet from the bike lane. So, that is sixteen more feet out of the roadway. Wow, that is brilliant. Nobody in their right mind would ride a bike on this roadway anyway. Too many nuts driving on it. Then there is talk of roundabouts and changing the driveways as well. This plan is going to impact business to the negative. I am told the objective is to slow traffic. That will happen for sure, as it will become a big parking lot. Oh well, if I can get out of where we live, will have to go to Manchester to shop once again.

Thanks to all who made comments on this idiotic plan for Loudon Road. I took the time to call Councilwoman Bouchard twice about this matter and she told me she did not support it. Now she has changed her mind and supports it. Time to go Candice! You most certainly did not support the folks you represent. Who got to you? You have lost my vote. Picture this folks! Three lanes on Loudon Road. Five foot bike lanes on each side and State Law says a vehicle must be three feet from the bike lane. So, that is sixteen more feet out of the roadway. Wow, that is brilliant. Nobody in their right mind would ride a bike on this roadway anyway. Too many nuts driving on it. Then there is talk of roundabouts and changing the driveways as well. This plan is going to impact business to the negative. I am told the objective is to slow traffic. That will happen for sure, as it will become a big parking lot. Oh well, if I can get out of where we live, will have to go to Manchester to shop once again.

Apparently..streets like South Willow in Manchester do not exist...dont work or are otherwise unacceptable....do the people making these decisions ever go anywhere out of town???

Since the city is "studying" down town now. I suggest the city apply the same sound logic to the down town corridor as Loudon rd. --One lane from the state prison to Manchester St. In fact, a more aggressive approach would be making Loudon Rd one lane from 106 to Main St. Ditto for Manchester St. 106 already is one lane - works will after 10:30 PM. And yes, I think we all agree we need more bike lanes. I count an average of 10 bikes per hour or 80 per day. (OMG we may need two lanes!!!) Business beware - you will need to invest heavily in bike parking lots = heated if possible. one last note - Concord isn't a small traffic free city anymore. I strongly suggest the city fathers wake up to that realization and make the tough decisions they chose to sign up for. --and if one lane becomes a reality, be sure you name is on the construction marker for future reference to your stupidity ps

Since the city is "studying" down town now. I suggest the city apply the same sound logic to the down town corridor as Loudon rd. --One lane from the state prison to Manchester St. In fact, a more aggressive approach would be making Loudon Rd one lane from 106 to Main St. Ditto for Manchester St. 106 already is one lane - works will after 10:30 PM. And yes, I think we all agree we need more bike lanes. I count an average of 10 bikes per hour or 80 per day. (OMG we may need two lanes!!!) Business beware - you will need to invest heavily in bike parking lots = heated if possible. one last note - Concord isn't a small traffic free city anymore. I strongly suggest the city fathers wake up to that realization and make the tough decisions they chose to sign up for. --and if one lane becomes a reality, be sure you name is on the construction marker for future reference to your stupidity ps

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