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October 10, 2013

I-93 traffic pattern to radically change at Exit 2

Temporary on-ramp opens tomorrow at Exit 2 south

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The on-ramp is adjacent to the off-ramp, which may confuse some drivers for at least week, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

He said a police officer will be stationed there this weekend to make sure no one takes a potentially dangerous turn.

“We want to make sure people don’t go up the wrong ramp,” Patten said. “We are going to do everything we can to prevent a major problem.”

Even though it’s expected to be a busy travel weekend, Levine said it should not have a major impact on traffic flow off Exit 2 because it’s a commercial area and many businesses will be closed. It’s posted at 30 mph.

“Hopefully, people will take it slow,” Patten said. “Motorists will have to pay extra attention in that area.”

But there may be some nighttime backups down the street near Canobie Lake Park, Levine said. The park, holding its annual Screemfest event, is open until 11 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday.

Otherwise, Levine, state and local police don’t expect any major problems — as long as motorists drive with caution.

State police Sgt. Paul Hunt said extra patrols will be out on I-93 because it’s a holiday weekend.

But a state trooper won’t be deployed in the Exit 2 construction area because drivers may take their eyes off the highway, Hunt said.

“We don’t want to be a distraction,” he said.

The work at Exit 2, a $41 million project being completed by George R. Cairns & Sons of Windham, is scheduled to conclude in 2015.

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