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August 20, 2013

Road work on schedule in Southern N.H.

Towns push to get road projects completed

As the summer winds down, town officials aren’t expecting many speed bumps when it comes to road construction.

Most towns are finalizing plans for the last couple months of work before the cold weather finally sets in.

“It’s been steady progress,” Salem Selectmen’s Chairman Everett McBride Jr. said. “We’re pleased with what has been going on.”

Salem has had the most extensive road work in the region, with $4.6 million spent on road repairs and another $1.1 million being spent to repair bridges on Bluff Road and Providence Hill Road.

While the Providence Hill Road bridge remains on schedule, construction on the Bluff Road bridge is slightly delayed.

“The problem had something to do with the contractor, but it is only a couple weeks behind,” McBride said.

Also seeing some delays in construction is Windham. They don’t have the major projects that Salem has, but they are also a couple weeks behind when it comes to regular paving.

“The road agent has been busy with some other things in town,” Town Administrator David Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the town has been focused on drainage improvement at the recreation fields and on the rail trail this summer, but that was delayed due to weather. On Aug. 7, the town announced it would be seeking proposals for paving of 10 roads.

“Ideally, we would have put them out earlier,” Sullivan said. “But they are smaller roads and they aren’t complete reconstruction.”

Sullivan said Windham budgets around $300,000 for road construction.

But elsewhere, the majority of paving has already been done.

“We rebuilt some of Summit Drive and repaved Saw Mill Drive,” Atkinson road agent Ted Stewart said. “Those are all completed. We’re fortunate that they started early and stayed on budget.”

Stewart said Atkinson has a $350,000 budget for road repairs.

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