New Traffic Signals on Route 125
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has approved the addition of two traffic lights on Route 125. One will be placed at North Road and the other at the Route 111A intersection. The projects, which will include widening the roadway and creating left- and right-hand turn lanes, are being funded by the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.
The program looks at roadways and intersections where safety improvements will make the biggest impacts.
Between 2005 and 2008, there were over 25 vehicle crashes at the Route 111A intersection. At the North Road intersection nine crashes occurred over a three year period.
Craig Green, the DOT's administrator of highway design, also stresses that the DOT does not just look at the number of accidents when deciding on traffic safety improvements; they also consider the severity of the accidents.
"Another location might have the same number of accidents, but if this location involved fatalities and serious injuries, there would be a stronger reason to address this particular intersection over another," Green said.
Hopefully the new traffic lights will decrease the number of accidents and fatalities on Route 125, making New Hampshire's roadways safer for all of us.
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