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Old 10-04-2011, 11:33 AM   #11
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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.
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