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,
The purpose of Part A is to conduct a planning-level study of the ramifications associated with potential, broad, transportation-system changes and establish a range of practicable alternatives for further development under Part B. The phase of the project that is currently underway consists of Part A only.
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.
This planning study will evaluate interchange configurations and system connectivity at Exit 6 and evaluate the potential for a new full-access interchange for Exit 7 north of the existing interchange providing access to NH Route 3A and Dunbarton Road in the City of Manchester. The study will also consider widening and alignment refinements for the I-293 mainline as well as Transportation Demand Management and Transportation System Management measures including an assessment of alternate modes of travel.
Key to the development and refinement of the alternatives that are to be carried forward 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, permittable, affordable and context sensitive in meeting the areas transportation needs. View Feedback/Mailing List Form
The study schedule extends through August 2013 and culminates in report that will recommend appropriate conceptual alternatives to be carried forward for further development of preliminary engineering plans and formal environmental documentation.