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This 1956 map of town roads that predates the construction of Interstate 91 shows Town Highway 20 (intersecting with Route 5 at the Westminster town line).

Town and Village

The case of the missing road

State strikes long-forgotten TH20 from Putney’s road roster

PUTNEY—During the annual highway mileage certification, which each town completes at the request of the state Agency of Transportation (AOT) to determine state funding of local highways, Putney officials learned they lost some road.

Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard told the Selectboard at the February 10 meeting that planners at the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) discovered the error when they reviewed Putney’s maps.

The mistake dated back almost 60 years, when Interstate 91’s construction came through town, interrupting TH20, also known as Town Line Road East.

“When they built the interstate,” in the early-1960s, “they never shortened the mileage on that,” Stoddard said, adding TH20 “is not even a road that looks like a road anymore."

Because of the adjustment, Putney lost 0.17 miles from its Class Four roads. There were no other changes to this year’s highway mileage certification.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #348 (Wednesday, March 16, 2016). This story appeared on page D4.

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