By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Town officials are calling the Route 28 widening project in town a success, but there are still some snags that need to be ironed out.
Town Administrator John Anderson said the expansion project from the intersection of Tsienneto Road up past Ashleigh Drive has made significant improvements to the community’s traffic flow.
“We are in the final minutes of the project,” Anderson said.
All traffic signals are up and running, Anderson said, and he’s heard a lot of positive feedback from residents.
“It is a good thing to see that project finished,” Anderson said. “Traffic seems to be moving quite well.”
Resident Al Dimmock said he is still upset that traffic seems to be snarled at the entrance of the Dunkin’ Donuts at Ashleigh Drive near the new Walmart entrance.
He said cars are often backed up right out onto Manchester Road.
“I have a heck of a time getting there,” he said.
Anderson said there are still some snags to iron out.
“I don’t have my head in the sand,” he said. “These issues will be addressed as we move forward.”
Final paving will be completed in the spring.
Town Councilor Joel Olbricht said the Route 28 work went exactly as officials hoped.
“With the new Walmart open, it’s exactly the result we wanted to see, it’s a great project,” he said. “It will be interesting to see what the traffic counts will be for the increased flow.”
Anderson said the old Walmart building is still scheduled to be taken over by Ocean State Job Lot.
He said that company purchased all of the previous store’s interior fixtures, shopping carts and other equipment.
Ocean State’s plan for the building has not yet come before the town’s Planning Board.