The following petitioners hereby request NHDOT to conduct the necessary engineering and traffic study to properly design and upgrade the Route 28/Kilrea Road/Windham Depot Road intersection in Derry, New Hampshire. This intersection was previously listed in the NHDOT 10 year plan but has been removed. There is a current opportunity to take advantage of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for constructing a full signal controlled intersection. This intersection has been the location of many severe accidents due to several factors including the excessive volume of traffic, lack of signaled access and turning lanes, speed of traffic and inattentive drivers forced to abruptly stop behind vehicles making a turn off of Route 28 onto Kilrea Road, Windham Depot Road and local businesses. In 1995 there was an accident which resulted in the death of a 15 year old in which his car hit the house located at 2 Kilrea Road. Again in 1998 there was an accident resulting in a motor vehicle driving into the house located at 2 Kilrea Road in which the vehicle went through the house leaving a large hole and moving the exterior wall 4 inches. The West side of the 2 Kilrea Road residence is located a mere 12 feet from Route 28. There has been a guard rail installed at the request of the residents at 2 Kilrea Road to help keep the residents safe. It would behoove the NHDOT to also move this house further back on the property allowing for the widening of Kilrea Road and Route 28 allowing for proper clearances making the intersection that much safer for the motorists as well as the residents. In an article from The Eagle Tribune dated Thursday July 13, 1995 it states “There have been 20 accidents there (intersection of Kilrea Rd / Windham Depot Rd) since November 1, 1993 – for an average of one a month – according to police records. A total of nine people were injured and one killed in six of those twenty crashes, including this week’s accident.” The article goes on to say that the intersection was one of more than 100 that were identified by the state Department of Transportation as being potentially hazardous. If this was the case in 1995, and traffic has risen since then, why has this intersection fallen off the radar Also, to add to the safety of this intersection, the small section of recreational trail which runs between Stark Road and Route 28 should be closed. Recreational vehicle operators cross over Stark Road at a blind spot on a sharp curve, travel down the small section of trail, and then cross over Route 28 and cross traffic that is traveling at speeds of 50 MPH or more. The small section of trail that runs adjacent to Ezekiel Pond has been closed and there is no parking allowed in the empty lot next to the day care facility so there is no need to keep this section of trail open. It is a danger to all involved. Statistics: Obtained from a Derry Police Department Accident History Report and NHDOT traffic history reports From 2002 – August of 2009 there have been 122 accidents reported to the Derry Police Department at or near this intersection. From 2006 – 2007 NHDOT traffic counts indicate that traffic rose 1.0% From 2007 – 2008 NHDOT traffic counts indicate that traffic rose 2.7% From 2008 – August of 2009 NHDOT traffic counts indicate that traffic rose 2.2%
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David LaMontagne, United States5 years ago Comments: -
Michael King, United States5 years ago Comments: How many people have to die at this intersection before the state has to do something.
Andrew & Bridget Timmins, United States5 years ago Comments: We use this intersection every day, and it's getting worse. There are days when you feel like you're taking your life in your hands exiting Kilrea Road onto Route 28. My husband was involved in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Windham Depot and Kilrea Rd. when a truck hit him head on as it took the turn onto Windham Depot. We've lived just off Kilrea Rd. for over 17 years, and remember the day the young 15 year old lost his life, as well as both accidents that affected the house at the bottom of Kilrea. A traffic light needs to be put here before any more lives are lost.
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