Friday, June 4, 1999
Selectmen get in loop on Route 3 widening
Although the proposed widening of Route 3 has been in the news for months, the selectmen have finally taken notice of the project's negative impact on Carlisle. The main message from the selectmen's discussion of this topic at their May 25 meeting, however, was that an earlier intervention probably would not have mattered.
At this meeting, resident Don Allen reported on a hearing he attended of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC), the group that has been gathering local input on the Route 3 project. Allen observed from the hearing that the project, which will make Route 3 wider between Burlington and Nashua, is flawed but that no one at the state level is willing to listen to concerns. Allen saw three flaws: No alternatives to reducing traffic congestion (such as work-hours staggering, carpooling, etc.) other than widening the road were considered; additional development, which will further increase traffic, is proposed to help pay for the project; and the widening has no effect on the Route 3/128 bottleneck.
Selectman Vivian Chaput stated, "We need to make a political point," and volunteered to send a letter to appropriate representatives stressing Carlisle's reservations about the project. Chaput said that Representative Carol Cleven supports the project and that a lot of the communities that Senator Susan Fargo represents also support it. Selectman John Ballantine observed that the towns abutting Route 3 support the project because it takes the load off their local roads.
Resident Kathleen Coyle, who has been attending the MAGIC meetings regularly, stated, "We are not alone. Other towns feel the same as Carlisle, but it doesn't make a difference."
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