Interstate 293

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Interstate 293 marker

Interstate 293
Route information
Maintained by NHDOT
Length: 11.43 mi[1] (18.39 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-93.svgNH Route 101.svg I-93/NH 101 in Manchester
  NH Route 28.svg NH Route 28 in Manchester
Everett Turnpike.svgNH Route 101.svg Everett Turnpike/NH 101 in Bedford
US 3.svgNH Route 3A.svg US-3/NH 3A in Manchester
North end: I-93.svgEverett Turnpike.svg I-93/Everett Tpk. in Hooksett
Highway system
NH 286 US 302
NH 175A I-193.svg US 202

Interstate 293 (abbreviated I-293) is an 11-mile (18 km) long loop surrounding Manchester, New Hampshire, USA roughly shaped like two sides of a triangle. Completing the loop in the northeast (the third side of the triangle) is Interstate 93. The southern portion of the loop shares the road with NH 101 and passes near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the Mall of New Hampshire. The western portion of the loop shares the road with the Everett Turnpike, but there are no tolls on this portion of the turnpike.

Route description[edit]

A view of the city of Manchester, N.H. when traveling southbound on I-293

Interstate 293 begins at a directional T interchange in the southeast of Manchester, where NH 101 West leaves I-93.[2] I-293 is signed as a north–south road, but along the section concurrent with NH 101, the road travels in an entirely westerly direction. Exits 1 and 2 provide access to the Mall of New Hampshire area and the Manchester Airport respectively. After crossing the Merrimack River, I-293 enters the modified cloverleaf exit 3 interchange where I-293, NH 101, and the Everett Turnpike intersect. At exit 3, NH 101 leaves I-293 and continues west as a four-lane freeway to its junction with NH 114. I-293 makes a nearly 90-degree turn here, joining the Everett Turnpike and traveling north along the west bank of the Merrimack. The I-293/Everett Turnpike concurrency heads in to downtown Manchester, and is joined by NH 3A at exit 4. Exits 5 and 6 intersect local roads near bridges across the Merrimack, allowing travelers access to both east and west sides of Manchester. At exit 7, NH 3A leaves the concurrency, while I-293 and the Turnpike continue north to the end of I-293 at another interchange with I-93, just south of the Hooksett barrier toll plaza.[3] From here I-93 and the Everett Turnpike are concurrent to the Turnpike's northern end in Concord.

As of June 16, 2008, the project to complete Exit 5 as a full interchange was complete. Drivers are now able to exit and enter Exit 5 both southbound and northbound. This exit is a single-point urban interchange (SPUI), the third in New Hampshire.

View from I-93 northbound approaching the southern terminus of I-293.

Like Interstate 393, the other secondary Interstate Highway in New Hampshire, I-293 is signed in concurrency with other routes along its entire length, and never runs alone other than on transition ramps between Route 101 and the Everett Turnpike. This is due to the I-293 designation having been added to already existing routes, Route 101 and the Everett Turnpike.

History[edit]

I-193.svg

Before the portion of the Everett Turnpike that completed the I-293 loop was accepted into the Interstate Highway System, the east–west freeway between I-93 and the Turnpike was designated as Interstate 193 (I-193).[4]

Manchester, New Hampshire 1955 Yellow Book.jpg

This image, from the General Location of National System of Interstate Highways book published by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1955, also known as the Yellow Book, shows I-93's proposed route to have been west of where it was eventually built, more closely paralleling (or replacing) US 3 and very similar to the actual route of the Everett Turnpike. It also shows a spur which would have likely been designated I-193. This spur is further north than the I-193 that was eventually built, and was probably intended to link the proposed I-93 to downtown Manchester via the Queen City Bridge or a new river crossing in that area.


Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Hillsborough Manchester 0.00 0.00 I‑93 north / NH 101 east – Concord, Portsmouth
I‑93 south – Derry, Boston
Southern end of NH 101 concurrency
1.1 1.8 1 NH 28 (South Willow Street)
2.2 3.5 2 NH 3A (Brown Avenue) To Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Bedford 3.4 5.5 NH 101 west to US 3 / NH 114
Everett Turnpike south – Nashua
Northern end of NH 101 concurrency; southern end of Everett Turnpike concurrency; exit number is not signed
Manchester 5.0 8.0 4 US 3 / NH 3A south / NH 114A Southern end of NH 3A concurrency
5.7 9.2 5 Granite Street – West Manchester
7.2 11.6 6 Amoskeag Bridge/Goffstown Road – West Manchester, Downtown
8.0 12.9 7 NH 3A north (Front Street) Northern end of NH 3A concurency; northbound exit and southbound entrance only
Merrimack Hooksett 11.18 17.99 I‑93 south – Salem, Boston
I‑93 / Everett Turnpike north – Concord
Northern end of Everett Turnpike concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ New Hampshire DOT Route Logs
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Interstate 293". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=42.96239,-71.41345&spn=0.016802,0.034761&t=h&om=1. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Google Inc. "Interstate 293". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=43.049667,-71.468897&spn=0.016778,0.034761&t=h&om=1. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  4. ^ kurumi.com. "3-digit Interstates from I-93". Retrieved 2006-09-20.