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New Hampshire

March 26, 2013

Ramping up

It's a busy season ahead along Interstate 93

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Besides the $162 million in projects that DOT said are “in progress,” another $151 million worth of projects are completed. A $39 million northbound project at Exit 3 is expected to be awarded this year. There is $250 million in work to come from next year through 2020.

So, there is no rest ahead for the weary traveler.

“You’ve got to stay alert out there,” Levine said.

DOT already is posting messages on electronic boards in the construction zone, reminding drivers they are in a high-incident area for accidents and they should avoid texting.

“Be courteous, let people merge in front of you, watch your speed,” he said. “There are a lot of interesting things on the side of the highway, but keep your eyes on the road.”

Drivers will see lane shifts during the season which DOT will announce through press releases, message boards and postings on the I-93 construction website, RebuildingI93.com.

There also will be blasting around Exit 3 at the Route 111 interchange that will require rolling roadblocks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’ll do that in off-peak hours,” Levine said.

He estimates those rolling roadblocks typically will result in travel delays lasting about five minutes.

Drivers traveling north can expect a big change at Exit 5 in Londonderry during construction season, probably in late summer.

The westward traffic shift introduced to the median area last year will go away as workers finish up improvements to the Exit 5 north approach.

“Our goal is to get traffic back on the main line,” Levine said.

The widening is in the final phase of construction at Exit 1 in Salem.

“You’ll see a lot of paving,” Levine said.

That will require traffic shifts this season.

“That should be done by August,” he said.

Exit 2 in Salem also will be busy. There will be reconfiguration of ramps. Reconstruction along Pelham Road should continue all season, Levine said.

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