Night Work Planned in Londonderry at Exit 5

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces upcoming night work in the area of Exit 5 of Interstate 93 in Londonderry. As part of the ongoing widening of the highway, the night work will continue this Thursday, May 31, 2012 through Friday, June 8, 2012.

Cranes set up at the southbound bridge over the recreational trail of Interstate 93 in Londonderry.

The first stages of the work will begin Thursday, weather permitting, and is expected to take a minimum of two nights. During these nights, traffic flow on I-93 northbound will be reduced to one lane while crews install a portable concrete barrier. The barrier will accommodate work to construct median crossovers and drainage in preparation for the next phases of construction.

The second stage of construction will begin Monday, June 4, weather permitting, during which time crews will conduct bridge steel erection operations. The work will require traffic on Route 28/Rockingham Road northbound and southbound to be intermittently detoured onto I-93. Traffic exiting I-93 north onto Route 28 north will and exiting I-93 south onto Route 28 south will be detoured to reverse direction at the next exit.

All construction work will take place between 9 PM and 3 AM during these nights. Minor traffic delays can be expected.

The construction is a continuation of the ongoing expansion project of Interstate 93. The project begins near the weigh station between Exits 3 and 4 and ends at the 293 split in Manchester. The area of Exit 5 is expected to be completed in June of 2014.

Other changes in the area of Exit 5 is the expansion of Route 28 from the current two travel and two turning lanes to six lanes of traffic, both travel and turning. The bridges will also allow the lanes to be increased to eight lanes if needed in the future. Also, a new light will be placed at the intersection of Route 28 and Liberty Drive.

For more details and images on the expansion project for both Interstate 93 and Route 28, read Londonderry Gateway Construction Continues, Completion July 2014.

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Demolition Continues of Londonderry Red-Listed Bridge

Demolition of the out-of-service bridge located at Exit 5 on Interstate 93 will continue this week, causing minor delays in the area of Rockingham Road and the highway. Crews will work to remove the bridge on the night of February 14, 2012, between the hours of 9 PM and 3 AM.

During these hours, traffic on Rockingham Road/Route 28 northbound and southbound will intermittently detoured using the Interstate. Also during this time, traffic exiting I-93 northbound to Route 28 northbound and traffic exiting I-93 southbound onto Route 28 southbound will intermittently be redirected to the next exit to reverse direction.

Exit 5 Londonderry, NH

Seen here is the Exit 5 bridges on I-93. This image, taken in April, 2011 before the new southbound bridge was erected, looks south and shows the northbound bridge (left) and the soon-to-be demolished southbound bridge (right). Click for a larger image.

This work is part of the ongoing construction of four new bridges at the I-93 Exit 5 interchange. The new bridges are being installed as part of the widening of I-93, which began just under a year ago at the exit and is expected to be completed in June 2014.

For more details on road changes in the area of the Londonderry exit, read Londonderry Gateway Construction Continues, Completion July 2014.

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Red Listed Bridge to be Demolished in Londonderry

Demolition crews will work overnight beginning Monday, February 6, 2012, to remove the out of service bridge over Route 28 at Exit 5 on Interstate 93 as part of the ongoing widening of the major highway. The bridge work will take place during non-commuter hours, approximately between the hours of 9 PM and 3 AM, on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Seen here is the Exit 5 bridges on I-93. This image, taken in April, 2011 before the new southbound bridge was erected, looks south and shows the northbound bridge (left) and the soon-to-be demolished southbound bridge (right). Click for a larger image.

Removal of the bridge will require those traveling on Route 28 north and south to be intermittently detoured onto I-93. Traffic exiting I-93 North onto Route 28 North and exiting I-93 South to Route 28 South will be detoured to reverse direction at the next I-93 exit. Minor traffic delays can also be expected.

The night work will begin Monday, February 6, 2012 around 9 PM. It is expected to last until 3 AM early Tuesday morning. It will resume Tuesday evening around 9 PM, and end again around 3 AM Wednesday morning. Crews will again resume work around 9 PM Wednesday, February 8th, 2011, and end around 3 AM Thursday morning. All work will be done weather permitting.

Other expected changes in the area of Exit 5 is the expansion of Route 28 from the current two travel and two turning lanes to six lanes of traffic, both travel and turning. The bridges will also allow the lanes to be increased to eight lanes if needed in the future. Also, a new light will be placed at the intersection of Route 28 and Liberty Drive.

Here is the newly opened southbound roadway of I-93 southbound prior to its opening, looking north towards Manchester. The off ramp is to the left while the old roadway is to the right. Click for a larger image.

The project begins near the weigh station between Exits 3 and 4 and ends at the 293 split in Manchester. The area of Exit 5 has been worked on for nearly a year now and will be expected to be completed in June of 2014.

For more details and images on the expansion project for both Interstate 93 and Route 28, read Londonderry Gateway Construction Continues, Completion July 2014.

 

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Night Work Begins at Exit 5, Expect Detours and Delays

Night work will begin on Monday, August 22, 2011, as the new bridges at Exit 5 on Interstate 93 take a major step towards completion. The ongoing construction around the exit is part of the widening project of the major highway, which begins near the weigh station between Exits 3 and 4 and ends at the 293 split in Manchester.

Bridge steel erection operations will begin Monday night and will end Wednesday, August 24, 2011, weather permitting. The steel erections will bring the four new bridges at Exit 5 closer to completion, which are expected to be finished in June 2014.

 

Steel beams for the Exit 5 bridges arrived on flatbed trucks Friday morning, August 19, 2011, in preparation for the installations beginning Monday night. Click for a larger image.

The bridge work will take place during non-commuter hours, approximately between the hours of 9 PM and 3 AM. The work will require those traveling on Route 28 north and south to be intermittently detoured onto I-93. Traffic exiting I-93 North onto Route 28 North and exiting I-93 South to Route 28 South will be detoured to reverse direction at the next I-93 exit. Minor traffic delays can also be expected.

The night work will begin Monday, August 22, 2011 around 9 PM. It is expected to last until 3 AM early Tuesday morning. It will resume Tuesday evening around 9 PM, and end again around 3 AM Wednesday morning. Crews will again resume work around 9 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2011, and end around 3 AM Thursday morning. All work will be done weather permitting.

Other expected changes in the area of Exit 5 is the expansion of Route 28 from the current two travel and two turning lanes to six lanes of traffic, both travel and turning. The bridges will also allow the lanes to be increased to eight lanes if needed in the future. Also, a new light will be placed at the intersection of Route 28 and Liberty Drive.

Exit 5 looking Westbound on Route 28, Auburn Road is in the center bottom right just out of the image area.

For more details and images on the expansion project for both Interstate 93 and Route 28, read Londonderry Gateway Construction Continues, Completion July 2014.

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Londonderry Gateway Construction Continues, Completion July 2014

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.

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