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New roundabout at Routes 28 & 171 on track for completion by year's end


January 23, 2019
OSSIPEE — Continuing on with the accelerated plan, the traffic roundabout at the Route 28 and Route 171 intersection is scheduled to be open for traffic by the end of the year.

Michael Dugas, safety engineer at New Hampshire Department of Transportation, attended the Jan. 14 selectmen's meeting to give a progress update. NH DOT plans to advertise the project for bidding beginning April 16.

Negotiations have been completed with two businesses at the intersection – Sager and Smith Law Office and Huggins Hospital (owner of a medical arts building at the intersection). The third easement agreement is a little more complicated because the project will disturb the well on the property. Negotiations are underway to hook up that building to the County-owned water system.

Parts of the Carroll County water system that cross Route 28 will also have to be moved. And according to state law, that cost is borne nearly in full by the County. To not delay the project, according to Dugas, it is likely NH DOT will foot the bill with the County to repay the cost after the 2019 county budget is approved in March.

County Administrator Ken Robichaud told county commissioners Jan. 16 that the total cost to the county taxpayers will be about $30,000. The commissioners also voted to waive any charges for use of water at the roundabout should Town of Ossipee choose to install flowers and other landscaping material to beautify the center. This amounts to a base rate of $100 per quarter plus any water usage. Ossipee Corner Fire Department is also exempt from County water billing.

Morgan suggested the local garden club could be in charge of planting and maintain the site. Dugas said any landscaping ideas should be submitted to him via email at michael.dugas@dot.nh.gov or to town officials by March.

Utility poles are expected to be moved before spring thaw and more trees need to be removed. Discussion about the County's share of funding is on the Jan. 28 Delegation meeting agenda. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the Carroll County Administration Building.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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