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Lisbon Beach and Campground bypass road to be installed in 2014

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LISBON - Town council members on Wednesday approved a $35,000 road improvement project for next year at Lisbon Beach and Campground.

The parking lot by the boat launch will be expanded to allow for roughly 10 additional parking spaces and a road will be installed that bypasses the campground entirely, giving boaters direct access to the St. Lawrence River.

“We’re going to do it as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” Town Councilor Alan D. Dailey said.

The new road will run from the front entrance of the campground around the volleyball courts. It will get day-use boaters away from campers as much as possible.

Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil has advocated for the road since the

beginning of the summer, calling it a safety issue.

The town council until last month had opposed the road, but with the campground continuing to generate profit council members changed their minds.

The project was supported by a 3-2 vote, with Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong and Councilor Gary J. Jarvis opposing the measure.

Mr. Armstrong was opposed due to the cost, and Mr. Jarvis said he was unhappy with the funding source.

Funding for the project is yet to be determined, but may come from a combination of accounts, including the $28,000 in profit the beach made in 2013 and the town’s highway fund.

Highway Superintendent Timothy Dow suggested the project be spread over two years, with a dirt road and parking lot expansion in 2014 and paving in 2015.

Mr. Dow said it would “probably be best” not to pave it for a year to let the ground settle.

Town Councilor Susan M. Duffy, who made the motion for the project, said the town will let the dirt road and parking lot expansion sit for a year and then revisit the project at the end of 2014.

Paving the road and parking lot is estimated to cost an additional $39,000, Mr. Dow said.

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