Big traffic changes are coming to the Interstate 93 widening as crews push toward completing the 2013 construction season.
Drivers can expect new and completely different looks in the weeks after Labor Day, especially around Exit 2 in Salem and possibly through the Exit 5 area in Londonderry.
A significant change will be at the Exit 2 interchange, which will shift from the existing cloverleaf to a diamond shape.
For drivers, the change represents a whole different way of moving through Exit 2 into Salem and toward Pelham.
“This will be one of the bigger challenges this year,” said Jay Levine, New Hampshire Department of Transportation I-93 coordinating supervisor. “They are going to have to change their driving habits.”
The reconstruction will have drivers making movements opposite from what they do now.
Levine said DOT will provide plenty of signs and instructions on electronic message boards to help drivers adjust.
“After Labor Day,” is the likely time frame, he said. “Most likely in September.”
Southbound traffic also is expected to shift to a temporary bridge at Exit 2 after Labor Day.
“There will be plenty of advance notice,” Levine said.
Windham-based George R. Cairns & Sons has been working on the $43.6 million Exit 2 project, with work slated to continue until 2015.
But all the action isn’t at Exit 2, even if that promises a challenge.
Northbound traffic moving through Exit 5 in Londonderry could see a shift before the construction season is over.
Levine said the contractor responsible for work at Exit 5 isn’t required to complete the traffic shift this season, but is making great progress and pushing to do so.
“I think they are trying to make every effort,” Levine said. “Their goal is this year.”
DOT’s Matt Lampron, contract administrator working at Exit 5, said while Candia-based Severino Trucking Inc. is aiming to shift the northbound traffic this fall, that’s not set.