DERRY — Residents and town officials gave high marks to the state's plan to make a dangerous intersection safer.

At an informational meeting on Jan. 26, state Department of Transportation officials gave an update on plans to install a traffic light and turning lanes at the bottom of Ryan's Hill at the intersection of Windham Depot Road, Kilrea Road and Route 28.

The intersection has been on the state's radar for years since residents began a campaign to have the spot looked at, citing dangerous situations and traffic snarls.

Residents spoke out at the meeting about how dangerous the intersection is and how many crashes have occurred over the years due to speed and the incline.

Three years ago, the state planned to improve the intersection, but funding cuts knocked the project off the Department of Transportation's 10-year plan.

The intersection work then qualified for funding through a federal highway safety improvement program.

The $1 million project could begin in early 2012 and be completed by the fall of that year.

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