, Derry, New Hampshire

October 11, 2012

Town officials still ponder fate of intersection

By Julie Huss
Derry News

---- — DERRY — Town officials accepted a new Class V road but still ponder the fate of a dangerous intersection nearby.

Town councilors accepted Middleridge Road at a meeting Oct. 2 but still hope for relief from the state at the intersection of Kilrea and Windham Depot roads, a spot many say is dangerous and an accident breeding ground.

Middleridge is a new 900-foot subdivision road off Windham Depot Road. The road leads into a large subdivision.

The state planned to install a traffic light at the intersection, but due to budget constraints, the Derry project was put on the back burner.

Residents living in that area complained of the dangers and traffic snarls associated with the intersection.

Melissa Polk, who lives on Kilrea Road, told the Derry News last year she has witnessed several accidents near her home.

“This has been ongoing for many years,” she said.

Town Administrator John Anderson said the intersection work has been delayed twice by the state.

“They have cut back all over the place on projects,” he said.

Public Works Director Michael Fowler said the state is “shuffling money” all around and he anticipated more delays for the Windham Depot-Kilrea roads project.

For now, the project is set to go out to bid in March 2013.

Councilor Brian Chirichiello said in his years on various town boards and committees, he has seen the intersection project stalled many times.

“This project seems to get pushed (out),” he said. “At least five times I’ve seen.”

Once the Council approved Middleridge Road, officials decided to draft a letter to the state Department of Transportation and to state legislators to voice concerns over the intersection project.

Officials said the Middleridge acceptance will mean more traffic and increased danger at the intersection.