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Traffic woes, detours expected as part of Derry water and sewer project

DERRY — Work on the first phase of a municipal water and sewer project along Rockingham Road is scheduled to begin the Tuesday after Labor Day.

A section of Rockingham Road between Bradford Street and Winter Hill Road will be closed for about 10 of the scheduled 12 weeks of the scheduled project, according to public works director Mike Fowler.

“This is part of a multi-phase project to extend sewer and water down to the intersection where the (Grandview) flea market used to be, and then heading south and north, ultimately toward the Robert Frost farm,” said Fowler. “These were proposals that took many years to develop, and we are going to proceed with what we are calling contract A.”
The first phase is a 900-foot section of road starting at the intersection of Rockingham Road and Bradford Street, then heading east toward Winter Hill Road.

“It’s a pretty ambitious schedule that encapsulates about 12 weeks of work,” said Fowler.
There will be traffic disruptions as a result of the project, he said.

“The major portion of work to this section will be the replacement of a box culvert,” said Fowler. “During that, a portion of the road will be completely shut down, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, so there will be some detours.”
The corrugated metal pipes under the existing stone culvert are heavily rusted, according to Hoyle Tanner engineer Josif Bicja.

The culvert will be replaced by a 20-foot span with a precast, three-sided rigid frame, Bicja said. The replacement structure has been approved by the state’s Department of Transportation.
There will also be 200-feet of approach work on the road leading to the new bridge.

There will be signs marking out the detours on Rockingham Road.

The work will impact traffic coming in and out of the South Range Elementary School. Fowler said the public works department has met with the school department and alerted parents of South Range students about the work.
“Parents will be allowed to get into the neighborhood of the South Range School,” said Fowler. “There are many other residential streets where they will be allowed to get to the school.”

The town website will be updated weekly about the progress of the road work.
“We did that during the Manchester Road project and it was very successful,” said Fowler.

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