DERRY — The next phase of the town’s water/sewer extension work down Rockingham Road is ready to begin.
This portion of the $4.3 million project will get started after Memorial Day, continuing the town’s efforts to boost economic development and bring those utilities to that stretch of Route 28/Rockingham Road.
This second phase will be divided into three portions of work, according to Public Works Director Michael Fowler.
American Excavating of Derry won the top bid. Fowler said work will continue through November.
The first phase of the project was completed last fall and caused some headaches for motorists and parents trying to get their children to South Range Elementary School on time.
For this phase, Fowler said, the school district has been notified several months in advance of the work and traffic snarls should be minimal.
“It will be constructed a little different,” he said.
Last fall’s project included removing a culvert and doing bridge replacement. That required closing portions of the road to traffic and putting several detours into place.
“That was required due to the full width of the bridge,” Fowler said. “These requirements are not necessary this time.”
This new phase will not close any major portions of Rockingham Road, but may limit traffic to one lane during regular work hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Most major water/sewer work will be done on the shoulder of the roadways, Fowler said. There may be some minor traffic delays.
Fowler said the school district has been notified of the construction schedule far in advance. Letters have gone home to parents with children attending South Range School.
“But you will not see the level of detours required like last year,” he said.
The Town Council recently approved the acquisition of five easements to help move the project forward and to facilitate the road widening and drainage work along that stretch of Rockingham Road.