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Hot Topic: On their minds, the Loudon Road plan

This will never work

As residents of the Loudon Road area for seven years, we would like to express our dismay with the idea that Loudon Road be condensed down to two lanes with a center turning lane.

How do you think it is going to be expedient to put 20,000-plus cars a day in two lanes that it now takes four lanes to handle?

I would like to invite the city council to sit at Woodcrest Heights Road on a Saturday afternoon and count the minutes that tick by because you cannot get out of the street onto Loudon Road. Compressing all the cars that now take four lanes to handle will make it even worse trying to get out of those side streets.

We have been actively seeking to move out of this area based on the inability to get in and out of the streets we have to travel.

At Christmastime, we travel to the end of Interstate 393, get onto Loudon Road from there so we can make a right turn onto our street. Otherwise it is impossible to get a break to make a left-hand turn coming from the west on Loudon Road.

The prudent thing to do would be to put up cones from East Side Drive to the Steeplegate Mall and see just how that is going to work out.

DON and MARILYN PELLETIER

Concord

No trouble here

I have lived on the Heights for 50 years with no traffic problems. Please leave Loudon Road alone.

B.L. NAYLOR

Concord

Three lanes makes sense

I like the idea of changing Main Street and Loudon Road to three lanes (one lane each direction with a “centurn” lane). It’s a great idea, especially in winter, when snow banks tighten and narrow the roads. I’ve traveled just about all of New Hampshire’s roads at all hours, day and night, in my former job. Concord ranks among the toughest to navigate.

On a road with multiple lanes each way, many drivers assume they’re on a highway. They speed, pass you and cut you off. They hit the brakes to turn – and only sometimes do they use their directional signals. Very annoying and dangerous.

On Loudon Road, I suggest they put up signs for lanes changes, cone off the lanes and try it for a month or two. If it doesn’t work, remove said signs and cones and return it back the way it is now. That shouldn’t cost very much to try it. We, the drivers, might even like it.

While I’m at it, has everyone noticed the cost of gas lately? Up, down, back up, back down. Do we complain about paying the oil producers an extra 4 cents or more a gallon? We wouldn’t even really notice a tax increase, would we?

At least the tax would return to us in repairs to state roads.

GERARD MONGEON

Concord

Little faith in city council

My thanks to Elaine Kellerman for her response to Concord City Councilor Mark Coen’s letter regarding the lack of speakers opposed to the Loudon Road project at the council’s February meeting (“Coen ignores Heights meeting,” Monitor letter, March 7).

Like Kellerman, I attended the December meeting on the Heights and heard the majority of those who spoke voice their opposition to the project. What was distressing at that meeting was the number of people who expressed little faith in the city council and recounted stories of previous times when their councilors ignored their opposition to proposals. The recurring theme was “They’ll do what they want to do.” Perhaps this sense of hopelessness was the reason so few spoke in opposition at the February council meeting. If this is the case, it is a sad commentary on the state of our representation on the Heights.

CHUCK ANNAL

Concord

Stop the madness, Concord!

The Main Street project is a very bad idea. Reduce parking spaces? Bad idea. Parallel parking? No way! Wider sidewalks? Not needed. Three lanes instead of four? That will not work well at all; center turn lanes cause accidents, and removing two travel lanes from a busy street is counterproductive. Heated sidewalks? How about doing a better job of snow removal so people can get from their car to the sidewalk? Fewer people will be shopping downtown with reduced parking capacity, not to mention during the construction phase.

The Loudon Road project? Even worse. Center turn lane – see above. Removing travel lane – see above. Hurting the merchants – see above.

Federal money for such projects comes out of my pocket and yours. It is not free. If it doesn’t work well, do you go back for more federal money to replace what worked better in the first place? It is disappointing that the opposition and concerns expressed by locals seem to have no impact on Concord city councilors. Whose interests are they representing?

BETH TAYLOR

Hopkinton

Legacy Comments3

I'd like to remind all who live on the Heights that Councilor Candace Bouchard was at the December meeting and would have to be blind and deaf not to have been a witness to her constituents. I believe there is a conflict of interest with State Representative Bouchard being the chairperson of the state transportation committee. The $1.44 million of your state money has alot to do with her state committee. I hope we all love how our money is being spent. She is not representing the Heights as our city councilor, that's for sure. By the way, if you live on the Heights has anyone else notice the huge number of potholes? Not only the number but their size? How do you think bike riders are going to like hitting those holes ? Oh wait they won't ride bikes in the winter or about 8 months out of the year.

I basically agree with "B L Naylor"; If it ain't broke, please don't fix it. I've been in Concord just about as long, and lived on The Heights during the 1960s & 1970s. A certain amount of heavy traffic is to be expected with the buildup of this road. Reducing vehicle lanes in favor of bike lanes is nuts. Loudon Road is too commercial for bicycling. If one must bike to this area, they should take the Pembroke Road / Branch Turnpike bypass. The backstreets in other words. All that's really needed are more attentive drivers. Putting away the cell phone would help.

Totally agree but the pretentious, spandex, we are above other crowd that believes that human power is somehow above fossil fuel usage. I ride a bike......but would never find a reason to ride it on Loudon Road...I mean what enjoyment does that provide. Bike paths, not bike lanes.

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