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September 11, 2013

Salem postpones work on many streets

Funding shortfalls to affect 'short roads'

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“These people will be punished because they live on a short street,” Campbell said.

He said residents who were unhappy their streets were not included are likely to ask voters to appropriate money for the work in March.

“We’re not saying it’s never going to get done,” Lyons said.

Frustration will build in town if residents know there is no hope their street will be rebuilt in the next decade, Campbell said.

“That’s how you get citizens petitions,” he said. “When the committee comes back next year, I don’t really want to see that rule as the criteria.”

When South Shore Road residents learned their street was not in the plan, they spoke out, Campbell said. The work is scheduled to be done within the next two years.

Puff said if the town received favorable bids for its road work next year, the board could decide there was enough money available to reconstruct one of the small streets.

Lyons and Chairman Everett McBride Jr. agreed that could be a viable option.

“I think we should do at least one a year,” McBride said.

Major roads scheduled for reconstruction next year include South Policy Street, Shannon Road, Karen Lane, Field Avenue, Crescent Street, Independence Drive and Theriault Avenue.

Also on Monday, selectmen unanimously approved a 12-year road maintenance agreement with Atkinson. It’s similar to a long-term deal between the towns that expired in 2011, Town Manager Keith Hickey said.

The towns will share maintenance of short sections of roads that pass through both communities, including Shannon Road.

While Salem has maintained a portion of Shannon Road that stretches into Atkinson, Atkinson has maintained small portions of Providence Hill Road and West Side Drive in Salem, Puff said.

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