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December 8, 2012

Mammoth I-93 project kept away from traffic

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That, too, is temporary.

“Ultimately, the northbound lanes will be shifted back,” Stamnas said. “We do pay attention and we try to make sure it presents itself so you’re not surprised, so there’s adequate time to react. We knew it wasn’t ideal, but it was a temporary case until we had the rest of the ramp constructed.”

Again, it’s all part of an overall effort to get the work done, keep workers and motorists safe, and create as little disruption as possible.

“What we’re trying to do in all of the I-93 projects along the corridor is to minimize impacts to existing travel lanes,” Stamnas said. “During low-volume periods during the night, we let them take a lane. It improves safety and minimizes congestion caused by construction.”

Work at Exit 5 is ahead of schedule and the lane shift should be back to normal by early summer.

“They’re ahead of schedule of that section,” he said. “They’re doing great work at Exit 5.”

But soon, weather will put the brakes on significant construction work until spring.

For the most part, construction schedules don’t count on work over the winter, Stamnas said.

“There’s only so much you can do productively,” he said. “There will be a presence out there, but it’s going to be limited.”

Come spring, there will be a lot happening, but will still cause as little travel disruption as possible, he said.

Visit rebuildingI93.com for a comprehensive overview of the project and very specific details about ongoing and planned work.

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