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Chesterfield asks county to help slow traffic on Port Douglas Rd.

— The town of Chesterfield is seeking to slow motorists down on the section of the Port Douglas Road that leads to the beach there and runs through a residential area.

The Chesterfield Town Board received a request from a pair of local residents during its Aug. 2 board meeting.

“We respectively request that the Town of Chesterfield Board reduce the speed limit on Port Douglas Road to 40 mph from the junction with Mace Chasm Road to the Town Beach,” said the letter, written by Mercinda LeClair and daughter-in-law Colleen LeClair, who live near each other along the Port Douglas Road.

“During the summer months, this is an extremely high traffic area where vehicles travel at a high rate of speed, prior to a sharp 90-degree corner,” the letter continued. “Several accidents have already occurred at the junction with Mace Chasm Road, at the sharp corner after Mace Chasm Road, the junction with the Highlands Road, and the sharp comer prior to the Beach.”

The LeClairs said that they felt the current speed posed a threat to motorists and pedestrians in the area.

“We feel that this section of road is highly dangerous posted at 55 mph and an accident will occur where someone is seriously injured or killed,” it read.

Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said that, since the road was under Essex County jurisdiction, they would forward the request to DPW superintendent Anthony LaVigne, along with their own recommendation.

“Under this, you would have a section of the road that would be at 55 mph between two sections at 40 mph,” Morrow said. “They asked form the Mace Chasm Road down, but I would say that we start from the village limits all the way down through.”

Councilman Walt LaMountain agreed.

“There are a lot of houses and it is dangerous,” LaMountain said. “Cutting the speed would improve safety.”

The board passed a motion to move the request to the county, which would have to forward it to the state Department of Transportation for approval.

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