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Paul Mailloux, of American Excavating, uses a bulldozer during work on Bypass 28 near Humphrey Road in Derry on Monday. (HUNTER MCGEE)

Second phase of Derry water-sewer project moving along


DERRY — Crews are making progress on the second phase of a major water and sewer project on Rockingham Road and Bypass 28, with relatively minor traffic delays reported, according to officials.

With temperatures in the high 80s, workers from American Excavating used heavy machinery Monday to work on the side of Bypass 28 near Humphrey Road. The work to install water and sewer mains will proceed south to Webster’s Corner.

The crews are making solid progress on this section of the project and should be finished sometime in August, said Public Works Director Michael Fowler.

Traffic also seems to be moving along fairly well considering the extent of the work, he said. Instead of full road closures as had occurred during the first phase of the project, only one lane is being closed to route motorists around the construction.

“So far everything seems to be going OK,” Fowler said. “We’ve heard a couple of concerns over traffic, but by and large people are navigating. School is now out and we are going to continue to hopefully see good progress.”

There are periods during the morning and evening commute when motorists might experience longer delays. So far, though, the delays have typically been around two to three minutes during those periods, Fowler said.

While work proceeds on Bypass 28, another phase of the project is running on Rockingham Road from Winter Hill Road to Webster’s Corner.

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.

The town received eight bids for the next phase of the project, ranging 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.

The construction schedule will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The goal is to complete the underground piping at some point this year, Fowler said.

hmcgee@newstote.com

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