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September 19. 2013 1:09AM

Hooksett talking traffic, trucks and Route 3A

HOOKSETT — The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation held a public meeting Tuesday night where residents brought up poor road conditions in the town and the overabundance of trucks on Route 3A.

After a question from resident Marc Miville about what the state can do to mitigate truck traffic on Route 3A, Tim White of the Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission said a study is possible.

“The biggest problem is heavy trucking continues to drive on 3A to avoid the Hooksett tolls on I-93, they simply drive around it. Our roads aren’t designed for heavy trucking and it creates heavy traffic. Does the state have a plan to alleviate that?” Miville asked.

Executive Councilor Christopher Pappas said that Miville’s concern was a valid one, and asked New Hampshire Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner Jeff Brillhart to discuss the issue.

“We have heard in the past from residents about trucks avoiding tolls. How true that is, I’m not sure, there are other reasons for (the trucks) to be out there. There are a lot of businesses out there that cater to trucks on that road. We don’t have a plan for somehow getting trucks off 3A and back on the interstate, we just don’t have that ability,” Brillhart said.

He did acknowledge that Route 3A does have width problems.

“I don’t see us doing much more than that, given our very difficult funding situation,” he said.

White said that he has heard similar concerns, and that it might be possible to alleviate the situation at a regional level.

“Maybe we can do a study sometime in the future to determine the problem and possible solutions,” White said.

Resident Roger Duhaime said that while he understands money is tight, some local roads are falling into disrepair.

“I hear that you don’t have the funding, I understand that, but for a Hooksett resident living on Hackett Hill Road, which is getting pretty bad. It separates the town and creates traffic and is dangerous,” Duhaime said.

However, Duhaime added that he was very appreciative for the update, and said that by soliciting the project the GACIT was doing a very good job.

“I would like to see more federal aid, but we are not seeing an increase any time soon.

So we are looking at creating a realistic document, that is fiscally responsible while at same time doing the maintenance that needs to be done,” Pappas said.

bklein@newstote.com


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