DERRY — A decades-old project is moving along. and it’s time to bring updated details and information to the public.

The state Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting on the Interstate 93 Exit 4A project Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Derry Municipal Center’s third-floor meeting room, 14 Manning Street.

Residents, business owners, commuters, local and other elected officials, and others with interest in the project are invited to attend. The meeting will also be livestreamed on DerryTV 17 and will be available on demand at https://derrycam.org/tune-in.

The Exit 4A plan has a long history, dating back decades and was often a controversial topic.

It is aimed at reducing traffic congestion, improving safety and promoting economic development and vitality in the area.

Back in December 2015, the Derry Town Council voted to enter into a three-party agreement with Londonderry and New Hampshire Department of Transportation to move forward with the project. Both towns are committed to spending $5 million each for Exit 4A.

The planned route involves a new diamond interchange on I-93 in Londonderry, approximately a mile north of Exit 4.

A mile-long connector would be built from that interchange across to Folsom Road, near the intersection of High Street and Madden Road in Derry. Folsom and Tsienneto roads would get improvements and upgrades across to where Exit 4A would then end at Tsienneto and Route 102.

Some properties, both residential and business, will be affected by the work, including the Salvation Army facility on Folsom Road in Derry.

The plan is all part of a goal to improve the traffic flow coming off the interstate through Derry and to promote economic vitality in the Derry/Londonderry area, state officials said at prior public meetings.

As part of the Exit 4A project design, Derry’s rail trail system and its eventual connection to north Londonderry trails is also included in the plan.

Both Derry and Londonderry have had recent conversations about what might be a suitable name for the new connector road once it is complete.

Historical names have been tossed around by both communities with the state having the final decision.

Prior to the start of the upcoming meeting, an open house will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., where participants can view the project plans and chat with team members. A formal presentation will follow and the public will have the chance to ask more questions or make comments.

Anyone with questions about the project but unable to attend the meeting can contact Wendy A. Johnson, P.E. project manager at the Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 483, Concord, N.H. 03302 or visit Exit4A@dot.nh.gov for information or to provide comments.

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