Interstate 393

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Interstate 393 marker

Interstate 393
Route information
Maintained by NHDOT
Length: 4.505 mi[1] (7.250 km)
Existed: 1979 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 202 in Concord
  I‑93 / US 4 in Concord
East end: US 4 / US 202 / NH 9 in Pembroke[2]
Highway system
US 302 US 1
Interstate 393 bridge over the Merrimack River

Interstate 393 (abbreviated I-393) is a 4-mile (6.4 km) spur extending east from Interstate 93 at Concord, New Hampshire, USA. The primary purpose of the road is to bypass a densely built commercial strip on Route 9 in the eastern part of Concord. Several times a year, I-393 also serves traffic to events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The entire length of I-393 overlaps US 4 and US 202.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 393 begins at I-93's exit 15 interchange, where US 4 East leaves its concurrency with I-93 South and the I-393/US 4/US 202 concurrency begins. The four-lane freeway actually begins a short distance west of I-93 at the north end of Concord's Main Street where US 202 turns east from US 3. From there the road then intersects Commercial Street just before the exit 15 interchange.[3] Just east of the exit 15 cloverleaf is I-393's exit 1 to Fort Eddy Road. This exit provides access to the New Hampshire Technical Institute, which is home to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, an air and space science center. I-393 crosses the Merrimack River and continues east to exit 2, connecting to New Hampshire's State Office Park East and the area known locally as the Concord Heights via East Side Drive (NH 132). Further east is exit 3, I-393's last, to New Hampshire Route 106, which runs south past the commercial area around the Steeplegate Mall, and north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Laconia region. After exit 3, the road turns northward, crossing the Soucook River. Beyond the bridge, I-393 ends and US 4 and US 202 merge down to a single lane before joining NH 9 and continuing eastward.[3]

History[edit]

When I-393 was first completed circa 1979, it ended at an at-grade intersection with NH 9 and NH 106 just west of where exit 3 now stands. Exit 3 and the extension beyond were completed in the late 1980s.[4]

A feasibility study conducted in the 1980s proposed a number of alignments that would have extended I-393 beyond its eastern terminus to a new interchange (Exit 10) on the Spaulding Turnpike between Dover and Rochester.[5] This project studied the possibility of creating an east/west highway between Portsmouth and Concord. After much work, it was deemed impossible and an upgrade of Route 4, a road which closely follows the route of the first NH turnpike from the early 1800s, was studied and completed.[6]

The intersection of Commercial Street and US 202 used to be a four-way crossing, but in recent years Jersey barriers have been installed and a short bypass under US 202 has been constructed to prevent traffic from crossing the freeway, although the traffic lights remain.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Merrimack County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Concord 0.00 0.00 US 202 south (North Main Street) to US 3 – Downtown West end of overlap with US 202
0.20 0.32 I‑93 / US 4 west to I‑89 – Manchester, Lebanon, Plymouth West end of overlap with US 4
0.50 0.80 1 Fort Eddy Road — NHTI Community College
Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Merrimack River
1.40 2.25 2 NH 132 (East Side Drive)
3.50 5.63 3 NH 106 – Laconia, Pembroke
Pembroke 4.50 7.24 US 4 east / US 202 north / NH 9 east East end of overlap with US 4 / US 202
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing