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Lisbon Beach and Campground bypass road to be installed in 2014

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LISBON — At Wednesday’s town council meeting, a $35,000 road improvement project was approved for this summer at Lisbon Beach and Campground.

The project will see the parking lot by the boat launch expanded to allow for roughly 10 additional parking spaces and will see a road installed that bypasses the campground entirely, giving boaters direct access to the river.

“We’re going to do it as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” Town Councilor Alan D. Dailey said.

The new road will run from the front entrance of the campground, around the volleyball courts to the boat launch, getting boaters away from campers as much as possible.

Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil has advocated for the road, calling it a safety issue. Until November, the town council had opposed the road, but with the campground continuing to generate profit, members of the council changed their mind.

The project was supported by a vote of 3-2, with Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong and Councilor Gary J. Jarvis opposing the measure.

Mr. Armstrong was opposed due to the cost, and Mr. Jarvis was unhappy with the funding source. Funding for the project is yet to be determined, but may come from a combination of accounts, including the $28,000 in profit the beach made in 2013 and the highway fund.

Highway Superintendent Timothy Dow suggested the project include a two-step process with a dirt road and parking lot expansion put down in 2014 saving pavement for 2015.

Mr. Dow said it would “probably be best” not to pave it for a year to let it settle.

Town Councilor Susan M. Duffy, who made the motion for the project, said the town will let the dirt road and parking lot expansion sit for a year and then revisit the project at the end of 2014.

Paving the road and parking lot is estimated to cost an additional $39,000, Mr. Dow said.

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