Received this from Lucy. – Lil
Charlestown Route 12 Repair Update – March 15, 2022
Dear Elected Officials for Charlestown, Walpole and Claremont:
My apologies for the delayed update. A family matter arose and in my absence, a situation developed with the Charlestown Route 12 repairs.
We are disappointed to send this update, but need to advise you that unforeseen circumstances have developed which impact the project.
Work to install the soil nail wall began the week of February 14, 2022. As work was advancing, the track monitoring system registered excessive movement. This movement caused the Railroad to reduce speeds to 10 mph and to rescind the Railroad’s approval of the work to construct the soil nail wall. High groundwater, fluctuating temperatures, and fractured underlying ledge are all contributing factors.
Clearly, the Railroad would like to resume normal speeds and the Department would like to reopen the road as soon as safety allows. The engineers are analyzing the situation and reevaluating design options, working towards a solution with the public’s and railroad’s safety and travel needs at the forefront.
I will keep you updated more frequently, as DOT continues to meet with the Railroad and works to develop a solution. DOT remains committed to the end goal of safely reopening Charlestown Route 12.
Senior Hearings Examiner, NHDOT
7 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301