Meredith is a busy waterfront community of some 6,500 residents located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. It is a gateway to northern New Hampshire’s White Mountain region, in addition to being a Lakes Region tourist destination in itself. Meredith is located at the crossroads of Routes 3 and 25, two very busy state highways during peak tourist season. In addition to seasonal gridlock, these roadways also fail to reflect the small-scale and pedestrian-oriented character of downtown Meredith. Instead, the roads create a physical and psychological barrier between downtown Meredith and its beautiful waterfront.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation hired Project for Public Spaces, along with the transportation engineering firm McFarland-Johnson, to help the agency and a diverse steering committee analyze how to improve Routes 3 and 25. Together, the team is following a comprehensive Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) planning model. PPS’ role is to act as a mediator between NHDOT, the engineering consultants and the community. Thanks to PPS’ reputation as being open-minded and impartial, we are helping all the parties involved to trust each other and work toward a shared vision and plan.
The Steering Committee has, so far, defined the problem and vision statements. We are now working toward agreeing on certain evaluation criteria for the different project alternatives to be developed in the winter.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.