By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — People driving up Manchester Road may soon see a light at the end of the construction tunnel.
The town’s Route 28 expansion project is winding down this month, with only a few more specific items left on the timeline toward completion.
Weather has played a factor in the project, but mostly for the right reasons.
“I think last year’s mild winter helped speed things along nicely,” Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello said. “The flow of traffic will be much better.”
All through the project, the town gave businesses and residents regular updates on progress.
Phase 3 work continues this week, with signal installation set to begin at the Tsienneto Road/Folsom Road/Crystal Avenue intersection.
Northbound traffic patterns shifted in the new lane configuration along the east side of Manchester Road.
Continental Paving crews will take some holiday time off this week, but by Nov. 26, it will be time for the traffic light work to begin.
Final paving work will depend on the temperatures, too, as a 40-degree day is optimal.
“We will need a day of good weather,” Public Works Director Mike Fowler said.
Fowler said people will see the difference when traveling up Manchester Road once the project ends.
“It’s been great,” he said. “The traffic seems to be flowing through the corridor much better.”
The town is also aiming at saving some money on the project.
With construction costs being favorable all along, the project will come in slightly under the original $5.3 million price tag.
“The project came in a little under budget and on time,” Chirichiello said. “So, from this point, it’s a success.”