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December 8, 2012

Mammoth I-93 project kept away from traffic


Move on to Exit 2, an estimated $43.6 million project, with a projected completion date of summer 2015.

Work started there this summer, with contractor George R. Cairns & Sons Inc. of Windham receiving the $40.9 million contract. Funding for this contract came from a $115 million GARVEE bond issued in May.

This segment includes replacing two red-listed bridges over Pelham Road, widening 1.3 miles northbound and 1.8 miles southbound. It also includes widening Pelham Road and rebuilding I-93 bridges over Pelham Road.

R.S. Audsley of Bow received a $33 million contract for work at Exit 3 south, including the on-ramp and Route 111 in Windham. That work should be finished by June 2016 and will complete all improvements for the area around Exit 3.

Work in that area also includes rebuilding the two southbound bridges on I-93, both red listed, and “approach work” over Routes 111 and 111A.

“It’s going well. Overall, we have 52 percent of construction along the corridor either active or complete,” Stamnas said. “There’s one major project left to go on the southern portion, one more at Exit 3.

Motorists who regularly travel south in the area may not be aware of it, but they are driving south on what will be the northbound lanes. The road now shifts to the east just south of the weigh station near Exit 3.

That’s by design.

“We’re building outside the traffic,” Stamnas said. “It’s safer for everyone, not only the traveling public, but also for construction workers.”

It’s a large project there and it’s just getting started, he said.

“There’s going to be a lot of activity,” he said.

Exit 5 lane shift is temporary

There’s one more section where motorists might question exactly what’s going on. That’s at Exit 5 northbound, when it appears the highway is encouraging drivers to take the off-ramp, rather than continue north.

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