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To the Editor:
Yes, I agree with the editorial on roads, "Do it soon and do it right" (January 12, 2012). As I recall, one of the problems with widening some sections of the highways for bike lanes is the proximity of private property in some locations. While in Legislature, I worked on that one a bit. They did widen parts of 100B to Middlesex, but I believe that getting permission from landowners can be a problem when property is close to the road.
One thing I'd add is the importance of drainage from the highways, keeping the roadsides slanted away from the pavement so that water doesn't constantly work its way under the pavement and cause major damage. This is not just a problem with dirt roads but is one thing which should be constantly dealt with—though not easy. Our dirt roads can be "crowned" also, slanted away from the center on both sides, something which, along with caring for the sides, extends good road conditions. I don't know if this is something applicable to our highways, but water drainage is essential.
Judy Larson DiMario