As “Road Work” and “Construction” signs are appearing in the vicinity of Exit 5 in Londonderry, the long process of major traffic changes will resume this month. These changes incorporate not only the width of Interstate 93, but also that of Route 28 and the flow of its surrounding roadways.
The plan for the widening of Interstate 93 and Route 28 includes many changes for the area. See the "Read More" section for closeups of this very large image
In the ongoing, but what business leaders, commuters and those vacationing in New Hampshire feel is a endless project, the I93 widening has taken a major step. The Executive Council approved funding in February 2011 of the winning bid of $36.7 million by Severino Trucking Company. This bid on the Exit 5 work came in $6.2 million below the DOT estimate.
Here is another rendition of the widening of Interstate 93 and Route 28. Click for a larger image.
Although the I93 widening project is fully planned, between the weigh station and I293 in Manchester, no funding plans are in place for the widening of the roadway. As it can, the state will chip away at the bridges and infrastructure required for the expansion.
The replacement of the Bridges over Route 28 at Exit 5 open up a wider access to both eastbound and westbound traffic on Route 28. For years, this area has been a bottleneck and a nightmare for nearby residents. Particularly at rush hour when feeder roads can back up.
Londonderry Director of Public Works, Janus Czyzowski continually lobbied to the state for the widest possible roadway under the I93 bridge when it was rebuilt. Today, two travel lanes exist with two center turn lanes. The new plan is to have six lanes with expansion capabilities to eight lanes.
The expansion will be needed when the Airport Access Road is opened in the summer of 2012. This will provide a direct link from the FE Everett turnpike, Route 3 in Bedford over the river, albeit a winding complex roadway, traveling Perimeter Road to Industrial Road to the East end of Pettingill Road by the end of Runway 35. This provides access to Harvey Road, Grenier Field Road, and the Page Road intersection on Route 28. This east-to-west connection will aid the dozens of companies that have located in the northern part of Londonderry, New Hampshire on land near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Completing Pettingill would eliminate the travel around the back of the airport near the airfreight terminals, including Perimeter and Industrial. Like the I93 widening, while plans are complete for this project, the funding is not yet available.
Additional growth is also expected in the area around Exit 5 with the newly enacted gateway district with several development companies already interested in land nearby.
For those that use the roadway everyday, some relief is expected from this project. The underpass will now have 6 lanes east and westbound on Route 28. The Auburn Road intersection will be improved with access also being enhanced at Liberty Drive, using Independence Drive. The roadway will be straightened at Perkins Road and Route 28.
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A new light will be put in on Route 28 at the intersection of Liberty Drive. Those on Auburn Road that are traveling westbound to Derry will have the option to take Independence Drive, turn right onto Liberty and exit left at the light. No plans to stop a left turn on from Auburn for now, it will be up to the driver.
That is the only new light, no light at Auburn or Perkins.
The new bridges will provide the ability to expand I93 north and southbound from the existing two lanes each direction when funding is available.
This rendition show more details about the reconstruction plans at Exit 5. Click for a larger image.
This funding comes from a new bonding process for the first time, Department of Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said, “the Garvee Bonds are backed by future federal highway funds that are due to the state.”
This rendering shows the changes made to the intersection of Route 28 and Auburn Road near Exit 5 in Londonderry. Note the "new way out" at Liberty Drive. Click for a larger image.
The term Garvee Bonds stands for “Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles,” and can be used on Federally approved contracts that also get approval from the Federal Highway Administration for this advanced financing. The use of these anticipated funds, provides a jump start to projects like Exit 5 on Route 93. Once permanent financing is available it is expected that applications for other widening projects on I93 using the Garvee Bonds will be done.
Important to remember!
“Although the I93 widening project is fully planned, between the Windham weigh station and I293 in Manchester, no funding plans are in place for the widening of this part of the roadway.”
Illustrations in this story by Brian Kitson for Londonderry Hometown Online News.
Detailed Drawings courtesy the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Read the rest of the story for more details from the Rebuilding I93 winter update. For more renditions of the Exit 5 area, visit our Darkroom. Detailed drawings and a 2008 aerial image of exit 5 are available in the read more for those interested.