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Derry council approves easements for second phase of water-sewer project

DERRY — Town councilors have given the green light to begin construction on the second phase of a major water and sewer project.

Councilors voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve nine easements to facilitate construction along Rockingham Road, Route 28 and Bypass 28. One easement is for a water booster station to provide ample pressure within that service area, according to officials.

During the meeting, Public Works Director Michael Fowler gave an update on the project and timetable.

The first phase of the project to install water and sewer mains along Rockingham Road between Bradford Street and Winter Hill Road began in September and finished just before Thanksgiving, Fowler said.
The town has received eight bids for the next phase of the project. They range from $3,574,000 to $4,570,000. American Excavating, the company that completed the first phase, submitted the lowest bid and was awarded the job, according to officials.
Fowler said full road closures will not be required with the coming project. There will be minor delays, but overall traffic should be able to flow along the two lane roads, Fowler said.

The construction schedule will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The goal is to complete the underground piping during 2014, Fowler said.
In about two weeks, the project is scheduled to start on Route 28 Bypass and Webster’s Corner and proceed north to Humphrey Road, Fowler said. Work is anticipated to end in August.

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