North Bennington to cut down Bank Street curb

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NORTH BENNINGTON — The Village of North Bennington is moving forward with plans to make the controversial intersection of Bank Street and Main Street more navigable for trucks.

Highway Superintendent Norm LeBlanc said that the lower curb is scheduled to be lowered, a process that will cost about $6,000.

The $700,000 project to re-design the intersection was completed in November of 2013, and almost immediately local truck drivers and business owners began to complain about the height and sharpness of the curb, with many saying that their tires were being damaged. Art Whitman of Whitman's Feed Store was one of the most outspoken critics, as his store relied on delivery trucks being able to pass through that intersection. He sold his business to Poulin Grain in 2015.

"We're going to angle it severely to take the edge off," said board chairman Matthew Patterson, "That's our first line of defense. We're going to do it in two stages, since we can't do it all at once anyways. We're going to do one, see where our budget is, then maybe do the second."

LeBlanc said if cutting the upper curbs becomes necessary, that will cost about $10,000, but can also be broken up, starting with the curb near the bank.

Trustee Mark Boudreau said that after the first stage has been completed, some of the parties who had complained initially about the intersection will be contacted, so that the board can discuss whether the changes are sufficient.

In addition, LeBlanc said that the road crew continues to work on road maintenance, including filling potholes and laying gravel in anticipation of spring.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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