Heavy traffic, poor sight lines, skewed side streets, and uncontrolled driveways ended up leaving the southernmost segment of NH Route 125 plagued by crashes and traffic congestion. After 20 years of planning to improve this regionally-significant corridor, NHDOT moved forward with $6.9 million “Contract G,” which was a roadway resurfacing and widening project, but also involved complete streets-oriented improvements like Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks, widened shoulders, and beautifully-landscaped medians. The ultimate goal: to encourage more “non-motorized” travel to improve quality of life for residents and for local businesses, but also making it safer, too.
The project included numerous innovative and first-in-the-state traffic and environmental solutions, including the U-Turn signal faces used at the intersection of NH 125 and Access Drive, and a Corridor-Wide Emergency Spill Response Plan. The end result is a beautiful and more functional corridor for drivers and pedestrians alike, a safer route for all, and happier local businesses with the increased foot traffic and the less congested roadway.