Final leg of South River Road paving scheduled for July 5

Bedford’s South River Road Project is nearing completion.

The final wearing course (top coat) of asphalt on project side streets is scheduled to be complete by June 24.

The wearing course on the reconstructed section of South River Road itself will be installed beginning July 5.

Motorists should anticipate lane shifts and potentially slight delays. The project schedule is, of course, weather dependent.

The South River Road project, which was budgeted at just over $5 million, was designed to enhance the South River Road Tax Financing District and the surrounding roads from the NH Route 101overpass to the Bedford/Manchester town line.

The goals of the project include:

? Creating a dual-use lane along South River Road from Park Drive to the Manchester town line.

? Alignment and turning lane upgrades.

? Traffic signal upgrades to Colby Court and Palomino/Washington Place intersections to improve traffic flow and safety.

? Curbing and existing sidewalk upgrades.

? Creation of a new sidewalk on the western side of South River Rd. providing more accessible pedestrian routes.

? Improved bicycle use.

? Providing a connection between Beaudoin St. and Washington Place.

"The positive feedback on the project improvements thus far has been overwhelming," said Bedford Town Engineer Jeff Foote, "and when the wearing course asphalt is placed and the corridor is freshly striped, the improvements will serve the town well for a very long time."

For more information on this road project go to www.srrproject.com.