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A crew from American Excavating works along a section of Rockingham Road Thursday. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)

Crews making progress on Derry's Rockingham Road

DERRY — Construction crews completed paving an 800-foot section of Rockingham Road Thursday as part of an ongoing town water and sewer project.

Workers from American Excavating are making progress on the Rockingham Road section and a stretch along Bypass 28, Public Works director Michael Fowler said.

The work is part of the second phase of the multi-year project that began last year.

Crews have been able to take advantage of the relatively dry conditions and finished paving a stretch of Rockingham Road from Winter Hill Road to just east of Bedard Avenue.
“I’m pleased to report that that section of pavement was installed (Thursday)” Fowler said.

Within that section, a lot of work has been accomplished, Fowler said, including installation of the sewer main and sewer services.
Workers will now turn their attention to another approximately 800-foot stretch of Rockingham Road from Bedard Avenue to Webster’s Corner, Fowler said. The work will also include installation of water and sewer services and conclude with grading and paving, he said.
Plans call for installing the utilities by Labor Day and then finishing the remaining paving work.

While work is ongoing on Bypass 28, another crew has completed the sewer main on the west side of Humphrey Road, Fowler said. That crew will next move to the east side of the road and install the water main from Humphrey Road to Webster’s Corner.
The town received eight bids for the second phase of the project, ranging from $3,574,000 to $4,570,000. American Excavating, the company that completed the first phase, submitted the lowest bid and was awarded the job.
The construction schedule will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The goal is to complete the underground piping during 2014, Fowler said.

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