Walpole, NH Complete Streets Recommendations

If you do your “homework” here on the Walpolean, you have been hearing a lot about the Complete Streets.  Here is the report of recommendations from SRPC to the Planning Board. – Lil

Note:  The recommendations listed below were developed by the  with input from Southwest Region Planning Commission staff and Walpole Police Chief Mike Paquette.

    1. Speeds: The speed limit, which is 25 mph, should be clearly marked and enforced. Consider installing a speed limit sign on South St. as drivers enter the village and another sign on Main St. near Mascoma Bank.
    2. Crosswalks:  There should be more crosswalks in the village to make it easier for pedestrians to get around.  Recommended locations for crosswalks include near Jake’s/Mascoma Bank (across Main St.) and at the intersection of South Street and Main Street (across South St. to connect sidewalk on Main St. to sidewalk on Old Keene Road).  Crosswalks should be combined with signs that say “Pedestrian Crossing Ahead,” signs in the crosswalk that say “State Law: Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk,” and/or painted markings that say “Yield to Pedestrian.”
    3. Walkway/sidewalk near Jake’s and Mascoma Bank: The painted walkway on the northwest corner of the Westminster St./Main St. intersection, should be maintained regularly with fresh paint to ensure the walkway is visible to motorists.  In the long term, part or all of this walkway should be converted to a sidewalk.
    4. Shared Bicycle Lane Markings (i.e. “sharrows”): Consider adding sharrows to Main Street and other roads in the village to indicate that motorists should share the road with bicyclists.  For roads with parallel parking, sharrows should be placed outside the “door zone” of parked cars.  For roads with diagonal parking, sharrows should be placed in the middle of the travel lane (closer to the yellow line) to direct bicyclists away from cars backing out of angled parking spaces.
    5. Fountain on Westminster St.: Consider adding roadway markings and signage to clarify how motorists should navigate around the fountain in the intersection of Westminster St. and Main St.
    6. Middle St.: Consider removing parking on one side of Middle Street to improve safety & ease for two-way traffic.
    7. Elm Street near Town Hall: Consider changing Elm Street to a one-way street, or changing the on-street parking to not be angled.
      1. Main St. connection from school to Walpole Village: Consider traffic calming, adding sharrows and/or a bike lane for students that bicycle, and education to raise awareness among students and drivers about how to safely share the road and decrease incidents of students walking in the travel lane.
      2. Main St. connection from school to Mill Pond: Consider widening and improving the surface condition of the shoulders along this stretch of road where space allows.  In addition, consider placing signage that says “Pedestrian Crossing Ahead” to alert motorists to likely pedestrian crossing locations.
        1. Crosswalk on River St./Route 12: Consider working with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to install a pedestrian crosswalk near the Stateline Grocery where the sidewalk ends on one side of the road and continues on the other side of the road.  In addition, consider placing crosswalks
        2. Lighting on Arch Bridge: Consider maintaining lighting on Arch Bridge for pedestrian and driver safety.
        3. Informal pedestrian railroad crossing from Church St. to Center St.: According to Chief Paquette, some students cross the railroad tracks to get from the bus stop on Church St. to Center St. as a shortcut to get home.  Consider working with the School Bus company to change the location of the bus stop, improve the fence to block children from crossing at this location, creating a pedestrian tunnel, and/or working with the police dept. to identify other strategies to address the situation.
    1. Traffic Calming on Whitcomb Rd.: Work with the NHDOT to implement traffic calming strategies to slow drivers as they enter Drewsville Village.  Strategies could include, but are not limited, to narrowing the travel lanes by moving the fog lines in and more clearly defining the edge of the travel lane throughout the village.

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