WINDHAM — The town is monitoring the new turn at Lowell and Range roads, concerned that some motorists traveling north and turning onto Range Road are crossing the center line and into oncoming traffic.

The configuration is part of the recently completed $1.6 million bike path project, which extends about two miles between Golden Brook Elementary School to just south of Collins Brook Road, near Route 111.

Town Administrator Dave Sullivan said local officials thought the new configuration would be a T-turn, in which northbound traffic has to slow considerably before turning onto Range Road. Instead, the alignment is wider, or more rounded, than expected. Some motorists travel at a higher rate of speed as they turn right and tend to cross the center line.

"I noticed it myself," Sullivan said.

Late last month, Sullivan and police Chief Gerald Lewis met at the intersection with state Department of Transportation officials, observing traffic for about 45 minutes, Sullivan said.

The results, however, may have been skewed, he said.

About one in seven cars appeared to cross the middle of the road — the center line had yet to be striped. But local officials thought at least some motorists may have been driving slower than they otherwise would have, given the presence of a police cruiser and the officials. For that reason, the town will monitor traffic in a less obvious manner to get a better sense of whether there is a problem, Sullivan said.

The Highway Safety Committee will report its findings to the selectmen.

If board members determine the alignment is a hazard, they may write the DOT commissioner with their concerns and ask for a change, the town administrator said.


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