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‘The weeds have taken over’  – Boscawen debates cleaning up state-owned roundabout

  • —Monitor staff

  • —Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When the roundabout off Exit 17 in Boscawen was built in 2011, the state planted flowers that welcomed visitors driving into town.

But in recent years, the roundabout has become overgrown with weeds, dead plants and trash.

“The weeds have kind of taken over,” Boscawen’s planning and community development director Alan Hardy said. “They are three, four feet tall, dying and falling over.”

Some Boscawen residents are hoping that will soon change. The town’s board of selectmen was scheduled to hold a public discussion on the issue Wednesday night to determine what can be done to beautify the roundabout.

One challenge is the fact that the land is owned by the state, because town officials don’t know if there are constraints about using town tax money to fix it or if the state is willing to take on the job. Hardy said the Department of Transportation is responsible for approving any changes the town might want to make.

Another challenge is safety. The roundabout, which is located on Route 4, is the most direct access point to Interstate 93 coming from Boscawen and Penacook. If workers wanted to weed and mow the land, they’d have to be careful not to disrupt traffic.

Hardy said it’s likely that a conversation on the topic will continue for a while.

“Really, it’s the start of the conversation,” he said. “We’ll see who raises their hand and volunteers to help.”