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June 16, 2014

Plaistow service road could bring safety, opportunity

Project could go to bid in late 2015

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Traffic will be controlled in part by preventing cars driving onto Old Road from turning right and heading into town, Fitzgerald said.

Several business owners also highlighted the potential safety impact of the service road beyond providing a new way to get a fire truck to an emergency.

The service road’s connection to Route 125 will add a traffic light to the fast-moving throughway, which all the business owners interviewed said is critical.

“I have the Plaistow Police Department on speed dial,” Richards said. “Every time I hear a bang out there, it gives me a chill.”

The light will stop the Route 125 traffic, allowing for customers to leave the site safely.

“We want that service road now, because we want the light,” Doroff said. “If that’s all they do — add the light and the service road for a better way in or out — to me, that’s plenty.”

The light could create more opportunities across the street.

The west side of the Route 125, across from the service road, has been vacant for decades, but was once home to a drive-in theater.

Richards said she wants the theater to return. Cars could be served by employees from an on-site Sonic restaurant, she said.

The traffic light could lead to a driveway to the property, she said.

But the project is far off in the distance. A lot must be done before construction starts, Department of Transportation project manager Victoria Chase said.

The project could go out to bid in the fall of 2015, Chase said.

Until then, town officials will consider the options.

“We want to make sure we manage this in a way that protects the quality of life and is a good fit for the community,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re on a critical path, so it’s going to be very important we tie up some of the loose ends in the next few months, so we’re ready for construction in 2015.”

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