Portsmouth, New Hampshire, DPW Totally Neglected a Small Neighborhood During Sidewalk Renovation
I want to start by saying that the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Department of Public Works did an INCREDIBLE job during their new sidewalk project on Borthwick Ave, Greenland Road, Panaway Manor, and more.
They just completely neglected and screwed a dead-end road with nine houses on it, but we will get to that part.
My wife and I were on an evening stroll on the West End of Portsmouth recently. There were new sidewalks installed from Borthwick Ave, the hospital road, through a small neighborhood: Panaway Manor.
I am not being sarcastic when I say they did an outstanding job.
They moved a horrifically-placed crosswalk on a corner, and did this instead:
They also curbed all the sidewalks and planted grass along each side. They are phenomenal:
On my walk with my wife, while on the new sidewalk on Greenland Road, we noticed that the road was not finished. Yet the project beyond Greenland Road, Sherburne Road, was complete.
This is where Sherburne and Greenland connect. You can see that the sidewalk continues to the right, yet across the street, where the rest of Greenland Road is, looks untouched.
It gets worse.
The continuation of Greenland Road is a dead-end road. There are only nine houses on this street, and it is less than a tenth of a mile long.
Let's take a closer look at the sidewalk that remains on Greenland Road. Keep in mind this is maybe 50 feet away from the brand-new sidewalk that is on the same road.
Exhibit B. Yes, that is supposed to be a sidewalk.
What the heck happened?! Why did they stop? They were doing the sidewalks on Greenland Road. What happened to the rest of it, the small dead end with nine houses THAT IS ALSO GREENLAND ROAD?
The craziest part of this to me is that a new crosswalk was put in from the new sidewalk on one side of Greenland Road to the horrific sidewalk on the other side.
And...AND...they even paved about a 10-foot section. But they paved it to match the beat-up sidewalk with, as it appears, no plan to come back and finish.
Am I crazy, or does this seem...lazy? Why wouldn't they just finish?
I did happen to look up and find the town meeting on the project, and it was never even in the plans. The entire meeting is below, however, I pulled two of my favorite quotes from the meeting.
Regarding the sidewalk project: "We have the money for it, so we awarded it." Was the rest of Greenland Road too much money? And if so, why was that road the one to suffer?
Regarding the sidewalk project coming out of Panaway Manor: "We want to make sure that the pedestrians have a good experience as you're walking out of the neighborhood."
I guess the nine houses on Greenland Road do not count as a neighborhood, even though there are at least seven children on the road (with more on the way, as families are expecting).
Here is the meeting:
Again, I want to stress that I am PROUD to be a part of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, community. And to be 100% clear, Portsmouth DPW did an amazing job with the sidewalk project.
My wife and I are happy to be able to walk all over this town safely. I just don't see why this little dead-end road got screwed.
Should they go back and fix it? Let me know.
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