By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Officials here are praising the progress of the Route 28/Manchester Road widening work saying everything is on target to be completed in November.
The work is expected to wrap up right on time, giving drivers an extra lane from the Tsienneto Road intersection up past Ashleigh Drive.
The town is pinning economic development hopes on that area of town, a tax-increment financing district.
This week, drainage and signage work were scheduled, along with sidewalk construction on the east side of the road.
Town Administrator John Anderson said he is pleased with the work.
“We are right on target,” Anderson said during a Town Council meeting Sept. 18. “We are under budget and on time.”
Anderson said Continental Paving has done 95 percent of its underground work on drainage with new signal installation coming up soon on the schedule.
The new concrete median is set to be done in October with final paving and lane striping ending the project in November.
Anderson said the area is looking good. He said the new Walmart is now open for business and the Manchester Road Applebee’s has an entirely new look inside and out.
There is also more interest in some of the area’s prime real estate.
“We are beginning to see the investments being made on Manchester Road,” Anderson said. “The investment in the TIF district is paying dividends already and will continue to do so.”
Councilor Joel Olbricht said as he drives down Manchester Road, he sees the fruits of the labor and said more success is coming.
“It’s really turning out beautiful,” he said.
For information about the Manchester Road widening project, visit derry-nh.org.