Road erosion a problem
by Mike Eldred
Jul 03, 2017 | 3380 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An unauthorized driveway along the Dover Road has led the selectboard to approve barriers to protect drivers.
An unauthorized driveway along the Dover Road has led the selectboard to approve barriers to protect drivers.
DOVER- Selectboard members reacted to an eroding road and gave the town’s trails committee the go-ahead for trail work and new trailhead parking.

Dover Zoning Administrator and Health Officer Wayne Estey told board members there was a growing safety concern along a section of Dover Road at the town’s border with Newfane. Estey said unauthorized excavation along the steep river bank on the west side of the road has resulted in erosion in the town’s right of way. “It has washed out the edge in the right of way maintained by the town as a truck turnaround area,” he said.

Estey suggested that the board approve the placement of five 7-foot Jersey barriers along the area to prevent drivers from pulling into the area. According to road commissioner Bobby Holland, the barriers, at $40 each, would cost a total of $200. Board members approved the expenditure of up to $500 for the purchase and placement of the barriers.

Andy McLean, of the town’s recently appointed trails committee, said the committee is planning to organize a trail day during which volunteers will work on mountain bike trail maintenance. “The volunteers will be covered under the town’s insurance, and the Vermont League of Cities and Towns didn’t seem to have any problem with it,” he said.

McLean said the committee is also discussing a plan to create a trails network like the Kingdom Trails Network in Burke. “They have a giant trail network that connects all of the local businesses and provides a hiking and mountain biking destination,” he said.

McLean noted that Dover already has a number of trails that could be connected with new trails. Rather than seeking permanent easements, he said the committee would seek landowner permission agreements. “It would work like the VAST snowmobile trail network,” he said. “We just need to create the permission forms.”

McLean also reported on a proposed access area for town and National Forest land that would be located near Bear’s Crossing on Handle Road. The original proposal called for a driveway leading to trailhead parking behind Bear’s Crossing. But Bear’s Crossing representatives, concerned about the road and parking area, have offered parking closer to Handle Road, with a walking trail leading to the public trail head.

McLean said the National Forest representative he discussed the plan with thought it was good idea, but the town and Bear’s Crossing will still need to get an official OK from the district forest ranger.
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