Public workshop June 7 at Northwest Elementary for input on NH DOT I-293 construction plans

Public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Elementary School.

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MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a combined Public Officials/Public Informational Meeting for community input on alternatives for Interstate 293 improvements along the F. E. Everett Turnpike and its interchanges with Exits 6 and 7 within the City of Manchester, New Hampshire.

The proposed changes for the Amoskeag Traffic Circle and Front Street interchanges – are still in the planning phase. This meeting will give the public a chance to learn more about the proposed changes and weigh in.

This public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Elementary School, 300 Youville St, in Manchester. The meeting will consist of an initial overview presentation followed by a “one-on-one” interactive meeting with staff engineers and environmental scientists to address questions.

Under the proposal, the Amoskeag Traffic Circle would be reworked to eliminate the roundabout.  At the Front Street interchange, plans on the table include moving the interchange north and adding a link at Dunbarton Road to the highway.

This project may have an effect on historic properties. Owners of properties determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places that abut the project alternatives may have an opportunity to become consulting parties. Additional information will be provided at the public informational meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding the proposed project and to solicit public input to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs and community goals, and protect and enhance the environment. Accordingly, NHDOT assures that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure nondiscrimination.

Study Overview

Interstate Route 293 is a major, north-south, arterial circumferential highway extending through and around the City of Manchester. It also functions as a local connection to Interstate 93 (north and south), NH Route 101 (east and west) and US Route 3 (F.E. Everett Turnpike south to Nashua and into Massachusetts) and thus providing critical accessibility and mobility within the greater Manchester area as well as throughout southern New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has initiated a project to address the transportation needs of a 3-mile segment of I-293 extending northerly from the Granite Street interchange (Exit 5) to approximately one mile north of the NH Route 3A interchange (Exit 7) in Manchester, NH. The project will be conducted in three phases:

Part A consists of a planning-level study, Part B consists of preparing preliminary engineering plans and environmental documentation suitable for a Design Public Hearing and formal project approval, and

Part C consists of the preparation of final design plans.

The Part A planning-level study, which was completed in December 2013, evaluated potential broad transportation system changes and established a range of practicable alternatives aimed at addressing capacity and safety related deficiencies along I-293 and at the Exit 6 and Exit 7 interchanges. The study also considered relocating and reconfiguring Exit 7 into a full directional interchange.

The Part B preliminary engineering and environmental documentation phase of the project, which is currently underway, will continue to develop and refine the alternatives identified under Part A. The refinement process will include: 1) use of a context-sensitive solution approach to determining a preferred alternative, 2) identifying all impacted natural and cultural resources with identified potential minimization/mitigation, 3) prepare an Environmental Document for the preferred alternative, 4) prepare a public hearing plan of the preferred alternative, and 5) implement a sustainable highway screening and decision toll (INVEST 1.0)

The Part B study schedule extends through May of 2018.

Public and Stakeholder Participation

Key to the development and refinement of the alternatives is an open and consensus-driven public participation process that engages all stakeholders. Good planning practice involves a mutual learning process among practitioners, elected officials, residents, business groups, citizen groups and other affected parties. Your thoughts and ideas are critical to crafting and refining smart transportation solutions that are practical, permitable, affordable and context sensitive in meeting the areas transportation needs. View Feedback/Mailing List Form

Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication equipment due to sensory impairment or other disability, should contact the Bureau of Right-of-Way, NHDOT, PO Box 483, Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0483 or call 603-271-3222 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964. Notification for the need of assistance should be made at the earliest convenience.

If you have any questions or need any additional information regarding the proposed project, call Project Manager Keith Cota at (603) 271-2171. Information about the project can be found on the NHDOT web site at