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July 8, 2013

Windham officials discuss busy intersection

WINDHAM — The future of the busy intersection of Routes 111 and 111A will get attention from the Planning Board during a workshop this week.

Neighborhood businesses this spring raised concerns about the possible removal of a traffic light at the intersection.

They warned that it could make it hard for people to turn into their properties and pose traffic safety problems.

“We believe that this light can stay,” Karl Dubay, president of The Dubay Group Inc., told selectmen at a forum in May. “It’s a no-brainer.”

The town’s Economic Development Committee has sided with business owners in the effort to keep the traffic light.

State transportation officials are planning to relocate a section of Route 111A to the west so it connects with Route 111 near the Interstate 93 northbound interchange.

Neighborhood businesses also have advocated for lights at Delahunty Drive and for the new 111A intersection to be built.

State Department of Transportation officials are scheduled to meet with selectmen July 22.

Selectmen’s Chairman Phil LoChiatto said selectmen haven’t taken a formal position on the traffic light issue yet, but he expects they will support retaining it. That’s based on their consensus in discussions this spring.

“The general consensus of the board is to leave the light there,” LoChiatto said.

But first the issue is before the Planning Board this month.

Planning Board Chairman Kristi St. Laurent said alternate member Alan Carpenter, a former selectman, is bringing the issue before the board.

“That is just an idea one of the Planning Board members has that he wanted to throw on the table for discussion,” St. Laurent said. “There are no decisions we are going to make.”

St. Laurent did not have details of what Carpenter might have in mind.

She said the meeting is open to the public and people will be able to discuss what Carpenter might present.

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