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November 02. 2012 12:36AM

In Derry, Manchester Road work nears completion

DERRY - After the beginning of next week, motorists along Manchester Road can expect to see fewer delays as the road widening project reaches its conclusion.

Major work on the road widening in the town's TIF district, featuring many new and established retail establishments and businesses, began this spring with an anticipated November completion date.

According to public works director Mike Fowler, that work has gone along as scheduled and the final major part of the project should wrap up in the coming days.

"Final paving between Derry Meadows Plaza [containing the Hannaford supermarket] and the Tsienneto Road/Crystal Avenue/Folsom Road intersection is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, weather permitting," according to Fowler. "The work is scheduled to occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both days."

The final paving won't be without delays and detours, he stated.

"Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes during the posted construction dates and times," according to Fowler. "The final paving work will require closure of one lane as the pavement is placed. Access to side streets such as Linlew Drive, A Street, and Ashleigh Drive may be restricted for periods up to 30 minutes while the pavement cools."

The work on Monday and Tuesday will result in major delays as crews hit a major milestone on the Manchester Road project, according to Fowler.

After the paving is completed, remaining work on the project includes the striping of the new lane configuration during the week of Nov. 12 and the installation of permanent traffic signals at the end of November.

"The contractor is expected to vacate the Manchester Road corridor by the end of November," Fowler stated.

A schedule for median and paving work on Crystal Avenue between the Tsienneto Road intersection and Hood Commons Plaza will be determined based on the weather conditions. If the weather doesn't permit for the completion of that section, the work will be scheduled for the spring.

The completion of the roadwork will be a welcome relief to motorists and local merchants.

Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacey Bruzzese said several merchants have indicated that the roadwork over the summer has slowed down business. However, town officials have stated that once the roadwork is completed, the improvements to Manchester Road will help bring in new business and benefit the existing merchants.

The total project cost is about $5.1 million with the net amount bonded of $3.4 million. When the project originated in 2006, the projected cost was $6.5 million with authorized bonding of $5.4 million.

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Adam Swift may be reached at aswift@newstote.com.


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