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Nov 20, 2016 12:39 PM

NH DOT announces moratorium on new rumble strips in the foreseeable future

CONCORD — The state Department of Transportation has decided to place a moratorium on the installation of rumble strips on highways after a year-long controversy in three Granite State communities.

The Union Leader reports that N.H. DOT spokesman Bill Boynton said it was most likely that rumble strips would not happen in 2017, or in the foreseeable future until guidelines and standards are developed.

The long strips of indents on the sides of the highways are designed to alert sleepy or distracted drivers when they drift too close to the edge of the road, and it has been statistically shown that they reduce accidents.

However, the state acknowledges that a one-size fits all approach will not work to address community concerns about noise, or the risk of poor execution by contractors.

The balance between driver safety and community comfort has not yet been reached, and it is expected that the debate will continue.

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