Derry to NH: Take Exit 4A
Councilors voted 6-0 to authorize the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to manage the project and limit the town’s financial responsibility to $5 million.
The move comes after a recent presentation by council Chairman Mark Osborne on the history of Exit 4A, which dates back at least three decades. Osborne, an attorney, chose to delve into the project after a presentation last month by the state DOT on the widening of Interstate 93 and Exit 4A.
Osborne paused as he said, “I have not heard a single ... coherent ... explanation as to how we would not be legally bound to this project after 30 years of being not a silent partner, but an active one.”
“If we were to be sued, a judge would not look for a magical piece of paper because we all know there is no smoking gun here,” Osborne said. “He or she would look at the course of conduct that Derry has engaged in for the last 30 years with Boston North, the town of Londonderry and the Department of Transportation.”
“I like that the town won’t be on the hook for additional money,” Councilor Joshua Bourdon said. “It appears that over 30-plus years we’ve shown that we are in, and I think it’s time to lead and move forward.”