Letter: 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?