Fix Route 101
I agree with the Telegraph editorial of Sunday May 5, 2019, in that The Route 101 bypass is a hot spot of horror stories. The historic crash data, I believe, proves this to be true. I do not; however, agree that the solution is to lower the speed limit. The bypass was built as a limited access highway. These types of roadway facilities are built for high speeds; however, because the state did not construct the bypass with proper design, limited access highway design calls for a wide median separating opposing directions of traffic for recovery and avoidance of head-on crashes such as those that happen on roads with only a double yellow center line, this road is much more hazardous than other limited access highways. New Hampshire supposedly has an advantage, which is less taxation than other states. This; however, results in less state revenue and the potential that projects run out of money. The result is that we end up with facilities without proper design prone to severe and fatal crashes such as the Route 101 bypass. Massachusetts had a similar problem on Route 3 on the outer Cape Cod. They tried low cost solutions such as plastic bollards in the center of the road. The only strategies that worked well to alleviate these severe crashes were adding jersey barriers in the median and reconstructing the road where possible to add a real median. New Hampshire should be wary of the attraction of building road facilities on the cheap, for the sake of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. We need to fix the Route 101 bypass with the proper median design or retrofit it with jersey barriers for increased safety instead of hoping that people will slow down.