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September 12, 2013

Rockingham Road work giving some headaches

Detours, delays frustrate drivers and residents

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During the day, police officers are posted at each end of the detour routes to assist drivers.

“Our hope is that people get adjusted to the directions,” Fowler said.

Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores lives near the construction zone. Her Bradford Street neighborhood is seeing a lot more traffic due to detours.

“South Range is right in my backyard,” she said. “There is now a tremendous amount of traffic (on Bradford).”

Katsakiores said with the construction, drivers are looking for ways around it. Some are heading down her usually quiet street and through other residential neighborhoods.

The school district reported any early snags with school arrivals at South Range were minimal.

School district business administrator Jane Simard said any transportation issues with buses and parents getting children to school were fixed early.

“There was a snag last Tuesday with the staff and buses, which was the first day during construction, but it was rectified by the afternoon and since then we have had no issues, so far so good,” Simard said. “We were notified of the construction well in advance so the bus company was made aware, as well as South Range Elementary.”

She said South Range principal Matt Olsen sent notifications to parents so they would be aware of the construction and where any detours might be.

Kim DeFeo lives on Berry Road, one of the major detour routes.

“I’ve labeled my road ‘the speedway,’” she said.

DeFeo said she understands what the town is doing, but wants people to slow down.

“I just want people to be aware that there are children and families,” she said. “I want people to be aware of their speed and watch for children waiting for the bus or playing in the yard.”

Rockingham Road will be closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the new bridge is installed and in service.

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