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Exit 4A project update on Derry Town Council agenda

DERRY — Town councilors are scheduled to receive an update on the contentious Exit 4A project during their regular meeting tonight.

In a meeting last month, Councilor Al Dimmock debated the need for the project with state Sen. James Rausch, while questions were raised regarding how much money the town owed for construction costs and the disappearance of some documents.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Center’s third-floor meeting room. The item appears on the agenda under the Chairman’s Comments segment of the meeting.

In some heated exchanges last month, Dimmock and Rausch debated the proposal during a presentation by the state Department of Transportation on the ongoing Interstate 93 widening project.
Dimmock said he was adamantly opposed to the Exit 4A project, saying it would divert traffic from Derry’s already beleaguered downtown area.

Rausch disagreed.

Instead of further harming the downtown and Derry, the project would help by reducing traffic congestion around Exit 4 on I-93 during the evening commute, Rausch said.
The Exit 4A project now stands at about $52 million, and the state has identified approximately $19 million in funding it would pay, according to state DOT officials.

Derry’s cost for the project is capped at only $5 million because of a prior lawsuit that also involved Londonderry and Boston North, a development firm, according to Rausch and Londonderry Town Councilor John Farrell, who was also in attendance.Farrell pointed out that the paperwork for the lawsuit was lost around 2007.
Exit 4A would include construction of a one-mile connecting road from the interchange off Interstate 93 to Ross’ North High Street and Folsom Road and Tsienetto Road. Exit 4A has remained somewhat in limbo and construction could be years away, according to DOT officials.

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