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July 19, 2012
Dear Governor John Lynch,
This letter is to request that the state roads in the town of Gilmanton Iron Works be properly evaluated and repaved as NH Route 140, which is one of the main thoroughfares through the Iron Works side of town, is seriously in need of repair as it is completely overrun and covered with deep frost heaves and potentially accident-causing pot holes.
It was worked on in September 2010, but it was only merely resurfaced without the underlying damage being properly evaluated beforehand, therefore the corrections did not last beyond the winter of that year. NH Route 140 is approximately 6 miles in length and, as someone who suffers from fibromyalgia and other chronic pain issues, I can tell you that it is a very uncomfortable road to have to travel on every day.
Also, Crystal Lake Road, which is just off of Route 140, is also in need of repair as there are several fairly deep craters in the middle of the road near the state-run dam that are nearly impossible to avoid unless one is willing to drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid them and run the risk of having a car accident in the process. The Corners side of town has no issues road wise at this time, and I am thankful for that, but as taxpayers, Gilmanton residents should not have to deal with improperly treated roads like this on a daily basis.
I understand that we are a small town and that there are many miles of state funded highways and back roads in the state that are in much greater need of repair, but I feel that I would not be doing my civic duty if I did not bring it to the attention of those who can do something about it. Therefore, I am writing to ask that something be done to ease this situation as soon as reasonably possible before winter is upon us again and we have more damage to contend with when it ends.
Susan J. Robbins