OSSIPEE — An Ossipee officer told town selectmen on Sept. 9 that they will be strictly enforcing the speed limit on Newman Drew Road, which has become a detour around some bridge construction.

The bridge work is part of a larger New Hampshire Department of Transportation project that includes replacing the Bearcamp River Bridge and Bearcamp Relief Bridge as well as 3.5 miles of roadway reconstruction on Route 16.

The work began earlier this month on Route 16, and locals have been using Newman Drew Road to get around it.

Newman Drew Road, which runs parallel to Route 16, intersects with Route 25 west of the Yankee Smokehouse and meets back up with Route 16 about 2 miles to the south, just past the Verizon store.

"We have been receiving numerous complaints about the speed on Newman Drew Road," said Ossipee Police Sgt. Justin Swift, who said they are aware that the construction is an inconvenience.

Nevertheless, "the posted limit is 35 mph on Newman Drew," he said. "It will be strictly enforced."

The enforcement is a safety issue. Swift said kids get on and off the school bus there, that it's a winding road, and there are low-hanging branches.

Selectman Sam Martin, who said there isn't good line of sight for drivers to see walkers, was happy to hear this. She said she's seen state police patrolling there, too.

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