Town officials want action from state about road conditions on Route 100
by Lauren Harkawik
Feb 24, 2018 | 1518 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOVER - The Dover Selectboard and Dover Economic Development Director Steve Neratko have submitted a letter to Gov. Phil Scott, secretary of commerce Michael Schirling, and secretary of transportation Joe Flynn regarding “severe” road conditions along Route 100 between Wilmington and Dover. The letter requests immediate intervention to improve the condition of the road, which is not scheduled to be reconstructed until 2020.

“This road will become impassable long before 2020 arrives,” says the letter, which outlines the negative impacts of the condition of the road, including safety concerns for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, as well as an issue of commerce.

“(The road) is now littered with potholes and ruts, many of which present major safety issues to those who travel along it from Wilmington to Dover,” says the letter. “In many areas, the damage to the road surface extends the full width of the roadway so drivers must travel outside of their designated travel lane to avoid the obstacles. This presents added dangers to the drivers, their passengers, and those who must walk along this busy route. The condition has become so severe that multiple vehicles have become damaged or disabled while trying to navigate the roadway.”

In matters of business, the letter says that the condition of the road reflects poorly on both the town and the state. “A vibrant, and vital, community such as ours, with an economic engine such as Mount Snow, requires infrastructure that will support it,” it says.

The letter will be submitted with an addendum of 16 photos depicting the damage along the route. The letter, written by Neratko on behalf of himself and the board, was the result of a request from selectboard member Dan Baliotti, who raised concerns about the condition of the road at the board’s February 6 meeting. Baliotti said he has also started a petition regarding the issue, which can be signed at his coffee shop, The Coffee Barn.
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