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Crews were putting the finishing touches on a municipal water and sewer project on a section of Rockingham Road near Bradford Street Monday. The section of road, which has been closed for weeks, is scheduled to reopen by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, according to public works officials. (HUNTER McGEE PHOTO)


Rockingham Road to reopen Wednesday

DERRY — A section of Rockingham Road that has been closed for weeks is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday as work on the first phase of a water and sewer project concludes.

The project that began in September to build a new bridge and install water and sewer utilities is running on schedule, said Mike Fowler, public works director.

“Essentially the project is done — water,sewer, the bridge,” Fowler said last week during an update to Town Council.

As part of the project, a section of Rockingham Road between Bradford Street and Winter Hill Road was closed in September. That section is scheduled to reopen no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Fowler said.
“We do appreciate the patience of everybody, but we were able to get this work done in a period of roughly 12 weeks, and we kept to the schedule right on the button,” Fowler said.

The work on the section of Rockingham Road is part of a multi-phase project to extend sewer and water to the intersection where Grandview Flea Market was located, Fowler said before work began. The work would proceed south and north, toward the Robert Frost Farm. The cost of the multi-phase project would be approximately $5 million, according to officials.
The first phase of the project entailed working on a 900-foot section of road starting at the intersection of Rockingham Road and Bradford Street, then heading east toward Winter Hill Road.

A major portion of the work involved replacing a culvert with a 20-foot span, according to Hoyle and Tanner engineer Josif Bicja. Corrugated metal pipes under the culvert were heavily rusted, Bicja said.
The road closure caused traffic delays as motorists were directed to other routes to proceed back to Route 28. Traffic coming in and out of South Range Elementary School was also impacted.

Fowler said the crews benefited from a stretch of relatively dry weather conditions that extended throughout the project.
“This has been about as dry as you could ask for a construction project. That certainly was a factor,” Fowler said.

Councilors praised Fowler and the crews for keeping to the schedule and completing the work on time.
Councilor Al Dimmock, who has been involved in construction for most of his life, said he was impressed when he recently visited the site.

“I’ve been down there looking over the situation, and I think Mike and the contractor did a great job, and we need to tip our hats to them,” Dimmock said.

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