DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

November 21, 2013

Rockingham Road project nears completion

Road should be open to motorists by Thanksgiving

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — The journey soon ends for weary travelers near Rockingham Road.

Work that begin in early September is scheduled to be done just in time for Thanksgiving.

“We are getting very close to the end,” Public Works director Michael Fowler said.

Town crews constructed a new bridge and installed water, sewer and drainage utilities on Rockingham Road near South Range Elementary School. The busy road has been closed from Bradford Street to Winter Hill. Local traffic was allowed for those living near the project.

The work is part of a town plan to extend water and sewer lines down a portion of Route 28 south.

As of early this week, all sewer and drainage work had been completed and the new bridge was in place.

Final paving and grading were set to be done this week.

Although there were some early headaches and traffic snarls, Fowler said everything was done on time.

“It was a very aggressive project,” he said. “If everything goes according to plan, the road should be open by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.”

But the weather must cooperate to get the final touches put on the project.

Once the road officially opens to traffic, Fowler said, crews will still be doing finishing work like installing signs and other cleanup work.

“There will be another week of work once the road opens,” he said. “There may be occasional delays.”

Fowler credited the contractors and all crews involved for getting the work done on time.