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Ridgefarmer63 10-02-2011 09:25 AM

Spaulding turnpike work
 
Am I the only one who thinks that the spaulding turnpike re-work (expanding from single lane to two lanes exit 12 to 16) is taking a loooooong time ? Stimulas money/infrastructure money being a bit abused here??

This is their third year and I believe it is going to take at least another 1-2 years ?? r u kidding ?

They built the entire Hoover dam in that amount of time.

Sal 10-02-2011 11:11 AM

A few more workers ?
 
re: Hoover Dam

"Once construction began, Six Companies (the construction company) hired large numbers of workers, with more than 3,000 on the payroll by 1932 and with employment peaking at 5,251 in July 1934."

Ridgefarmer63 10-02-2011 11:19 AM

Totally understand Sal. but,.... 6 miles of already existing road verses carving out one of the most impressive feats in the history of Man from a in-hospitable mountain of stone ???

Oh yeah, we have some better modern equipment now, ya think ??

tis 10-02-2011 01:08 PM

That is so funny you mention that. We went there yesterday and said the same thing!!!! But I know nothing about road work and how long it should take. It just seems like that job has taken forever.

jeffatsquam 10-02-2011 03:29 PM

Happen to know one of the Principles of the firm doing the major part of the work and I asked him the same thing.

What he said was that the state specified the time line and that they maned the job accordingly.

Knowing something about the company they have 5 to 10 times the equipment and man power and could have done it in half the time if that's what the contract specified.

tis 10-02-2011 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffatsquam (Post 169757)
Happen to know one of the Principles of the firm doing the major part of the work and I asked him the same thing.

What he said was that the state specified the time line and that they maned the job accordingly.

Knowing something about the company they have 5 to 10 times the equipment and man power and could have done it in half the time if that's what the contract specified.

That's VERY interesting. I wonder why the state would want the job to take a long time???? Do they like to prolong the agony for the driving public????

Merrymeeting 10-02-2011 09:44 PM

On a similar note, we came home via Rt 3 today. The new toll booths in Merrimack were re-constructed at about the same time as the ones in Hampton. Does anyone know why they decided to NOT implement full speed EZPass lanes here like the ones in Hampton?

There seems to be plenty of room and it would have made sense to do while they were rebuilding.

Belmont Resident 10-03-2011 07:38 AM

test run
 
From what I understand the Hampton tolls were a test run to see if they worked before adding new ones.
Iíve heard that the Hooksett tolls are next.
Maybe after that they will get rid of the useless Bedford tolls and move them to Nashua.

Merrymeeting 10-03-2011 01:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Belmont Resident (Post 169783)
From what I understand the Hampton tolls were a test run to see if they worked before adding new ones.
Iíve heard that the Hooksett tolls are next.
Maybe after that they will get rid of the useless Bedford tolls and move them to Nashua.

That's kind of my point. If they were thinking they might change it in the future, why did they just finish redoing it?

Belmont Resident 10-03-2011 06:37 PM

because
 
That would make sense, and we all know that state workers never or hardly ever do things that make sense. I believe they call it job security. Makes no sense to me:rolleye2:

mcdude 10-04-2011 11:33 AM

click for; SPAULDING TURNPIKE TRAFIC CAMS

Quote:

WIDENING THROUGH ROCHESTER: In February 2008, the NHDOT began a $177 million project to widen 5.2 miles of the Spaulding Turnpike from EXIT 12 (NH 125) north to EXIT 16 (US 202 / NH 11). The work will widen the original two-lane "super-2" design to a full four-lane, dual-carriageway freeway shared by the rest of the turnpike to the south. Several bridges also will be built, including the bridge over NH 125 at EXIT 12 that has been flagged for replacement since 1992 because of structural deficiencies. The project is slated for completion in late 2012, approximately six years behind the original schedule.

THE TURNPIKE TODAY: According to the NHDOT, the Spaulding Turnpike carries 15,000 vehicles per day (AADT) along its two-lane northerly stretches to as many as 75,000 vehicles per day near the southern terminus in Portsmouth. The turnpike, which has been designated NH 16 along its entire length since 1991, joined the EZ-Pass system in 2005 when readers were added to the Dover and Rochester mainline toll plazas.

WHAT HAPPENED TO EXIT 10? The "missing" interchange was set aside for an east-west turnpike that was to extend west to the eastern terminus of I-393 near Concord. The NHDOT purchased right-of-way for the proposed EXIT 10 for $3 million in 1995, but the completion of the NH 101 Expressway likely precluded the need for the proposed link.
Project Specific Information

http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/operations...0spaulding.jpg


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