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September 12, 2013

Rockingham Road work giving some headaches

Detours, delays frustrate drivers and residents

DERRY — Town officials seem satisfied with the way construction is going on Rockingham Road.

A lot of residents and drivers aren’t so sure.

People who live in neighborhoods now being used as detours don’t like the increased traffic and they’re worried about safety.

Erika Veduccio likes to walk her son to school, but it’s not such a pleasant experience these days.

Town crews started work last week to construct a new bridge and install water, sewer and drainage utilities on Rockingham Road near South Range Elementary School. The busy road is closed from Bradford Street to Winter Hill — and will be through November.

With added detours and traffic alerts, it’s making Veduccio nervous.

“I walk my son to school every day and my younger son is in a stroller,” she said. “The traffic has really affected us.”

Not only is there more traffic, Veduccio said, but vehicles are taking the required detours through many of the quiet neighborhoods to get from one point to another.

“They are driving fast and trying to get where they want to go,” she said. “They are flying up and down.”

She said South Range has many students who walk back and forth to school every day. She said it’s dangerous for children who may be walking unsupervised. Some drivers are going to fast through those neighborhoods, she said.

But town officials said they believe things will get better.

“We’ve been making some adjustments out in various locations,” Public Works director Mike Fowler said.

Some people need help navigating new routes, he said, and additional signs have been posted to help keep speeds down in certain neighborhoods.

“But people are going to find all their own ways around the detours,” he said.

The most congested times of the day seem to be between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., Fowler said.

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