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August 20, 2013

Road work on schedule in Southern N.H.

Towns push to get road projects completed


In Derry, they are in the middle of their annual summer roadway paving program.

“It’s been a productive season,” said Mike Fowler, Derry’s director of public works. “We don’t have a major road that we need to pave this year.”

On Sept. 3, work will begin to construct a new bridge and install sewage on Rockingham Road. The project is expected to be completed in December.

But there is still the wish that there was room to do more.

“There’s always more to be done,” Stewart said. “Some roads we could only do partially; in an ideal world, that wouldn’t have happened.”

In Pelham, Selectman’s Chairman Ed Gleason said officials couldn’t budget as much work as they would have liked.

“We were handed the default budget, so we are pretty much limited in what we can do.” Gleason said.

He said the big project going on in town is the twin roundabouts on Route 111A, which is a federally funded state project. He expects them to be completed in September.

But timelines are always subject to change, depending on the weather. Salem town engineer Robert Puff said the wet weather this summer has made some of his projects challenging.

“Anytime you have excessive amounts of rain, it causes things to go slower,” Puff said. “We have good contractors working and we’re doing the best to cope and adapt with all situations.”

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