The SHA should connect Route 715 to I-95 instead, he said.

"Not only will that handle the traffic problem, but it will alleviate the traffic problem that is getting worse on Route 7," he pointed out.

He said he has not been especially worried about traffic on Route 22.

"We have watched the traffic and we know when it gets worse," he said.


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The SHA did have rights-of-way specialists available Wednesday to talk to concerned homeowners.

"We are in the beginning stages," SHA spokeswoman Fran Ward explained about the project. "I think there would be adjustments made."

The razing of the 16 homes, however, is definitely final, SHA real property manager Tom Hinchcliffe said.

Hinchcliffe said he does not expect any formal offer to be made to the residents for at least two months, pending an appraisal process, an environmental document and other formalities.

The homes would be razed quickly after being bought, Ward said.

"We do understand the neighborhood's concern about vacant houses," she said.

Project manager Lindsay Bobian said most residents asked about the construction schedule, how the project might affect their daily trips and how any sound barriers might work.

She also said residents along Route 22 already face significant traffic hazards.

"Their condition today is unsafe," she said.

Bobian said she did not have a rebuttal to claims that the project would not alleviate traffic.

"The analysis shows it's going to get better," she said, explaining the intersections are expected to fail in the near future if improvements are not made.

"Some people say, 'If you build it, they will come,'" she added about the common theory that widening roads increases traffic over the long term.

She said design is expected to be done this winter, with the Old Post Road being closest to completion. The Beards Hill intersection is only about 65 percent complete, and the Paradise Road intersection is closer to 90 percent completion.

Aberdeen residents who were less directly impacted by the project are nevertheless skeptical about it.

Bill Braerman, a planning commission member, lives next to a house that is expected to be razed.

"Do they have the money to buy the people out?" he wondered, adding that his neighbors "are not happy about it because it's not the right way to solve the problem."