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Route 11 closure is impacting public safety

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In regards to the closing of Route 11, why weren’t the fire and ambulance companies “up in arms” over the closure? It affects their time to calls and some members from responding.

Years ago, I was president of South Jefferson Rescue, and they were going to close Route 11 south of Adams. The rescue squad and I fought to have it kept open.

Our chief lived south of the closure and would have a hard time responding. Ambulances would have had a hard time also.

But worst of all, we had two closures of Route 81 recently, diverting traffic to Route 11, and saw what that did with bumper-to-bumper slow traffic on Route 11. We couldn’t take a chance it wouldn’t happen again and have to divert traffic to small, even part dirt roads to get all that through Adams and north.

As it is, volunteer members would have a long time responding as well as “calls” to affected areas. Who does the thinking and planning now that would put saving money over life, buildings and businesses?

Ginny Barnard

Adams Center

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