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Old 04-21-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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Default I-93 construction

Well, if you take 93 North to get to the lake, your Friday afternoon drives might become a bit longer. Iíll explainÖ
As you all know, the project to widen 93 from Salem to Manchester is still in progress. The work is complete from the MA border up past Exit 3. As of now, work is in progress for the entire stretch from the weigh station all the way to 293 in Manchester. Here is what I see on a daily basis going through that area. Red text suggests where you might see some traffic issues.

93N from the border to exit 3 is a breeze, way better than it ever was. Once you get up to the weigh station, that is where the fun begins. Right at the weigh station in Windham, 3 lanes cuts down to 2 lanes. There is usually a backup there, although it moves fairly quickly. Then you get just a bit north of there and you are in the work area that goes into Londonderry. Expect slow traffic there. Next you get into the exit 4 area, which is the project to widen the stretch from exit 4 to the Ash St bridge. They will be replacing the NH 102 bridge over 93 at exit 4, as well as the Ash St bridge over 93. Expect a backup right at exit 4. The next project in progress is from the Ash St bridge north almost to exit 5. Expect a backup anywhere in that area. But wait, thereís more! From just north of exit 5 up to 293 is the last of the widening projects. Expect a backup just north of exit 5.

Once you get past 293, then you are in the clear until Bow/Concord for the typical traffic back up. After you clear Concord, you should have clear sailing up until exit 20. And here is where you might not be pleased. A 2 year project to replace the I-93 bridges over the Winni River/Railroad. See below.

NORTHFIELD-TILTON Ė This project rehabilitates the I-93 northbound and southbound bridges that carry I-93 over the Winnipesaukee River and the railroad. The work involves complete deck replacements, as well as substructure concrete repairs and scour protection work in the river. Traffic will be maintained by a series of traffic control phases that construct temporary diversions in the medians to shift one lane of northbound traffic onto the southbound side during the northbound bridge deck replacement, and then shifts a lane of southbound traffic onto the northbound side during the southbound deck replacement. The projectís schedule has the northbound bridge being done in 2017 and the southbound bridge in 2018. Other than short-term off peak lane or shoulder closures, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions, although speed limits will be reduced due to temporary narrowing of lanes and the shifting of one lane of traffic from one side to the other.

In short: expect some pretty lengthy Friday afternoon commutes to the lake. I would strongly recommend leaving Friday mornings, or late Friday nights. I canít speak to the southbound trip on Sunday afternoons, as I am never there, but I canít imagine it will be any easier.
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