Hello Everyone. At the training yesterday some people had expressed interest in seeing the text of our community notification letter. We keep a stack of these in our field vehicle and hand them out to members of the public when they inquire with our field crews. We found this beneficial to (1) provide them additional information and (2) avoid some of those long conversations we can get trapped in.
This summer and fall, Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) is continuing a regional project aimed at identifying stream crossings (culverts and bridges) that may pose a hazard to our communities. This multi-year assessment of stream crossings in the region is intended to assist municipalities in identifying critical and hazardous culverts and bridges, particularly those susceptible to failure due to flooding or those that cut off critical evacuation routes.
Using state stream crossing assessment protocol, RPC will have staff members out collecting data on state and local roads. The assessments will involve staff accessing crossings from public right of ways.
The RPC shares all information collected with our member communities and works with those communities during the summer to help identify areas know to be problematic. Municipalities can use this information as a guide to prioritize those stream crossings most in need of retrofit or replacement. Along with prioritizing infrastructure modifications, results of these assessments can also be incorporated into municipal and regional hazard mitigation plans and vulnerability assessments.