Mountain Road paved after two-month delay

Lyndeborough street repairs approved by 88% of voters

LYNDEBOROUGH – Af­ter assorted problems, the base layer of asphalt has been laid on Mountain Road.

The work was done by Continental Paving Co. of Londonderry on Thurs­day, Oct. 13. The work was first planned for mid- August. The final paving will be done in the spring after the base has settled and aged.

In the meantime, clean­up beside the road and installation of guardrails will continue into mid- November.

It is described as the largest project the town has undertaken. The proj­ect was approved by 88 percent of voters at Town Meeting last March, in­cluding a bond for $1.6 million. The condition of the road was described by residents as "deplorable."

The project included contracting the rebuild­ing of four sections on more than a mile of the road, with the town’s high­way department working on the pieces in between.

Mountain Road is the second-longest road in town after Center Road, and is one of only two routes to the north section of town and the 2nd N.H. Turnpike. North Point Engineering of Pembroke was hired to design and oversee the project.

Former road agent Clayton Brown said the road hadn’t been upgrad­ed "since probably some­time in the ’60s."

Since then, it has been one of the fastest-growing sections of town, and most of those residents agreed the road had to be fixed.

One of the major prob­lems was groundwater, particularly along Badger Pond. Construction, log­ging and road work altered the flow, leaving the road in a condition that former road agent Kent Perry said his department had "nei­ther the equipment nor the expertise to fix."

A new drainage system was installed.

During the construction work, traffic was detoured around Crooked S Road when necessary, a less than satisfactory route along a narrow, twist­ing and sometimes steep gravel road, although work was done on parts of it. Also at least partially addressed was the junc­tion of Mountain Road and Crooked S, an almost blind corner in the mid­dle of a hill. Signs call it a "dangerous intersection" when approaching uphill.

Selectmen said, using a combination of capital re­serve funds, state grants and rearrangement of the highway plan, the bond would have no effect on the tax rate.