MANCHESTER, NH — With any luck, the end is near — for the construction around the Queen City Interchange, that is.
More demolition bridge work is slated to begin on Interstate 293 in Manchester as part of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation‘s “Red Listed bridge” replacement projects.
Weather permitting, workers will remove the Exit 4 northbound off-ramp overpass bridge. As a result, the following temporary lane closures are scheduled nightly between Sunday Jan. 17 and Thursday Jan. 21 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Northbound and southbound traffic on I-293 will have complete closures to traffic twice per hour in 15-minute intervals, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The road work includes: construction of a third southbound lane, beginning approximately 150 feet north of the existing northbound on-ramp and continuing approximately 0.6 miles south; Exit 4 ramps reconstruction and pavement rehabilitation; sound wall construction; drainage improvements; water line reconstruction; installation of concrete median barrier; and guardrail improvements.
Drivers are advised to use Route 101 East to Interstate 93 North instead.
This work is part of the I-293 widening and bridge replacement project in the vicinity of Exit 4, also known as the Queen City Avenue Interchange. It includes the replacement of four “Red Listed” bridges and the rehabilitation of one “Red Listed” bridge at the Exit 4 Interchange.
The bridges, constructed during the 1950s, are no longer adequate to handle the flow of traffic, estimated at 68,000 vehicles per day, according to NH DOT. You can read the transcript of the 2011 public hearing on this project by clicking here.
Severino Trucking Inc. of Candia is the general contractor for the $26.2 million project, which has a completion date of November 18, 2016.
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