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Opinion

August 29, 2013

Editorial: Let’s get moving on rotary reconstruction

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The new interchange design will include a new northbound off-ramp from I-93 to Routes 110 and 113 west. The southbound off-ramp from I-93 will be realigned, and a new on-ramp to I-93 South will be built from Route 110 and 113 west.

Wide road shoulders will be added to Routes 110 and 113 to accommodate bicycle traffic and improvements will be made at seven nearby intersections. Noise barriers will be installed along Noyes Street, Smith Avenue and Cherry Hill Circle.

The project will force the state to acquire four homes by eminent domain. The project is also expected to spark development along the Route 110 corridor.

It has been a dozen years since the need to rebuild this intersection was first identified and five years since the state began looking at designs. Once construction begins, it will drag on for three years more.

It’s time to get this project moving. I-93 is one of the major commuter routes in eastern Massachusetts and the Methuen intersection is one of the primary access points to it. This dangerous and congested intersection is one that not only inconveniences drivers but also puts their safety at risk.

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