By Chris Paul
The long-awaited construction of Exit 4A officially began on Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, with a groundbreaking event on Trolley Car Lane in Londonderry.
The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Victoria Sheehan, welcomed State, Federal and Town officials along side the southbound lanes of I-93 to start the ceremony. Mentioning all those attending, and how they have contributed to the progress of the project.
Sheehan began by saying, “The purpose of this project is to reduce congestion, improve safety and reduce traffic on local roads, while promoting economic vitality to Derry and Londonderry.”
She explained the first phase of the project would be to construct a new interchange with access to the east of Londonderry and Derry.
The first contract of $45.5 million was awarded to Weaver Bros. in June and construct will now be underway.
Governor, Chris Sununu, also spoke before shovels were put to dirt.
Sununu started by saying, “I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be standing here.” He added the plans for this have been around since he was on the Executive Council and his father was the Governor.
He also thanked all involved that were in attendance and added this project really defines the opportunities the state has been trying to create with the expansion of I-93.
“Nothing negative will come from this,” he said. “It just opens a big door of opportunity.”
This phase of the project is expected to take two to three years to complete.
After the rather brief statements made during the ceremony, key figures were invited up for the first shovels in the ground.
They included: Sununu, Sheehan, U.S. Congressman, Chris Pappas, Executive Councilors, Janet Stevens and Ted Gatsas, Derry Town Manager, Dave Caron, Londonderry Town Manager, Mike Malaguti and Adam Bates of Weaver Brothers Construction Company.