Heavy snow, old streets create cramped roads, danger for public safety
You can't sneak a car by a truck at a major Concord intersection.
"One of the few downsides of living in our historic city is most of our streets were laid out before the automobile era and certainly before the time we have the fire apparatus of the size we have today,'' said Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus.
NH1 found the capital city like many in the state have no place for the piles of snow to go so the streets get more and more narrow. And that spells trouble for emergency vehicles trying to reach a scene.
"The other morning on my way to work I was trying to make my way around trying to check on a stranded motorist and literally there was a car in the center of the street abandoned, my lights flashing,'' Andrus recalled.
"I thought, wow, this would be a difficult situation if I was trying to get from there to a medical emergency which we have 20 times a day."
Our informal tour of Concord's secondary roads found many impassable for two cars and only room for one parked car and one lane of traffic.
Here's the squeeze at White Street near the UNH Law School; then there's Union Street, a side street of Centre a block from the State House and finally Thorndike Street of South State Street.
"Believe me you don't want to be a target. I have been hit from a parked position before,'' Andrus said. "It's just in your best interest to get your vehicle off the street so regular vehicles and emergency vehicles can get through. It literally can mean the difference between life and death for somebody."