The newly paved portion is a one-mile stretch near Exit 5, leading over to an area near North Elementary School.
The town’s trails are being built on the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor. As more work is done, trails in Londonderry will eventually be part of a 6.4-mile, multi-use area for walking, biking, hiking and other recreational activities.
Trail supporters hosted guided tours throughout the year to introduce some of the areas to residents.
“We want to encourage people to come out and learn about us,” trail supporter Pollyann Winslow said. “It’s all going to be wonderful to connect to everything.”
Police get new cruisers
The Londonderry Police Department were among the first in the area to get a new fleet of the new crossover Ford Explorer Interceptors, replacing the aging Ford Crown Victoria fleet.
Police got 16 new vehicles back in and added a 17th vehicle later in the year.
The choice was an easy one, police Chief Bill Hart said, as the Interceptors are tops in safety and handling and are also an all-weather vehicle that operates well when weather is bad.
“All in all, we believe this new vehicle will provide a better, safer and more reliable vehicle for all of us and the public at a very reasonable price,” Hart said.
Pettengill Road a potential boon
Many officials in town still have high hopes for the Pettengill Road projet.
The 1,000-acre project could bring economic growth to that area of town near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Officials believe it is a perfect place to attract business and help the town grow.
Coming up with the money to fund the project continues to prove a challenge.
There were attempts to secure grant funding and other financial means to fund the proposed $12 million project.