Construction on Rockingham Road (Route 28 South) will begin after Labor Day, with the eventual goal of extending town water and sewer further up the road as far as the Frost Farm.
Public Works Director Mike Fowler appeared before the Town Council at its Aug. 6 meeting to update the Council on the process.
Fowler said the first phase of the construction will be from Bradford Street east to Winter Hill, a section of about 200 feet. The work will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day and extend to Thanksgiving, approximately 12 weeks of work, Fowler said.
Fowler warned that there would be some disruption to traffic. A box culvert is part of the project and will tie up the road “24-7 for 10 weeks,” he said. There will be detours, he added, saying, “That’s just the way it has to be.”
Fowler said his department is coordinating communication with the Derry Cooperative School District, in order to get information out to parents of children at South Range School. Parents delivering or picking up children will be allowed to get to South Range, he said. In the construction area, only people who live in the neighborhood will be allowed to pass through.
Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores asked if Bradford Street would be closed, and Fowler said it would be open, but everything east of Bradford to Winter Hill would be closed to the general public.
Fowler said updates on the project are available on the town Web site at: www.derry.nh.us. “We did that with Manchester Road, and it was a success,” he said, referring to last year’s expansion of Manchester Road.