Everett Turnpike

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Everett Turnpike marker

Everett Turnpike
Central New Hampshire Turnpike
Everett Turnpike highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NHDOT Bureau of Turnpikes
Length39.867 mi[1] (64.160 km)
Existedc. 1955–present
Major junctions
South end US 3 in Tyngsborough, MA
  I-293 / NH 101 in Bedford

I-93 in Hooksett

I-89 in Bow
North end I-93 / NH 9 in Concord
Location
CountiesHillsborough, Merrimack
Highway system

The Frederick E. Everett Turnpike, also called the Central New Hampshire Turnpike, is a toll road in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, running 44 miles (71 km) from the Massachusetts border at Nashua north to Concord. The Everett Turnpike is named for Frederick Elwin Everett, the first Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.[2]

The turnpike is part of the New Hampshire Turnpike System, and is operated by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation's Bureau of Turnpikes. There are two tolled sections, a southern one in Merrimack and Bedford and a northern tolled section in Hooksett; the remainder of the turnpike is toll-free. Each of the tolled segments cost a maximum of $1.00 for passenger cars passing through the mainline tollbooths, with lower rates charged on the ramp tolls for traveling shorter distances. A 30% discount is also offered for users of the E-ZPass electronic toll system.

Route description[edit]

Much of the turnpike's length has been overlapped by other numbered routes. Portions of the road are shared with US-3, I-93, and I-293. The southern portion of the turnpike, in Nashua, is posted as US-3, serving as an extension of the US-3 freeway (Northwest Expressway) from Burlington, Massachusetts. North of Exit 7 in Nashua, the turnpike runs by itself and has no number, but parallels US-3, which is a toll-free local road variously known as Concord Street (within the city of Nashua) and the Daniel Webster Highway (within Merrimack and Bedford). Approaching Bedford in the Manchester area, the turnpike is joined by I-293 which splits off from a concurrency with NH-101. At Exit 4 (exits are numbered for I-293 on this stretch), NH-3A joins the freeway, and the concurrency passes through Manchester, near the downtown area of the city. Upon passing Manchester, Route 3A splits off at Exit 7, I-293's last northbound exit. The freeway passes into Hooksett, and I-293 ends at an interchange with I-93. The Everett Turnpike ceases to be signed at this interchange, but joins I-93 northbound and continues towards Concord, interchanging with the southern terminus of I-89 along the way. No definitive northern terminus for the turnpike exists as far as signage is concerned. This endpoint was originally at a traffic circle next to downtown Concord that has since been replaced by Exit 14 with NH-9.

There are two mainline toll plazas on the turnpike, in Bedford and Hooksett, that each charge $1.00 in cash. The Bedford mainline toll plaza, located between Exit 13 and I-293, replaced the Merrimack toll plaza (formerly located at what is now Exit 11) in the early 1990s. Ramp tolls also exist in Merrimack (at Exits 10 and 11) and Hooksett (the on/off-ramps to I-93 Exit 11/NH-3A). E-ZPass readers were installed in all toll locations in 2005, and the state currently offers a 30% discount for using it. Major rest areas combined with state-run liquor stores are located on either side of the highway in Hooksett just north of the mainline toll plaza, which is located on I-93 at Exit 11. On July 18, 2014, the Exit 12 ramp tolls in Merrimack were removed.

The proposed (but mostly unbuilt) Circumferential Highway around the east side of Nashua is defined as part of the turnpike.[3] Henri A. Burque Highway, the surface road that US-3 uses to get between exit 7 of the turnpike and the Daniel Webster Highway in northern Nashua, is also part of it.[1]

Signage[edit]

The northern end of I-293 as viewed from I-93 northbound. The Everett Turnpike joins I-93 North at this interchange, but no sign indicates this.

Shields for the Everett Turnpike consist of a rectangle with a rounded bottom, a green circle, and green text that says "Everett Turnpike" above the circle, with the word "Turnpike" curved along the top edge of the circle; this signage is similar in design to that for other New Hampshire turnpikes. For the US 3 segment in Nashua, there is an Everett Turnpike sign in Massachusetts just south of the border northbound alongside the US 3 shield on an overhead sign, and several others along overhead signs through Nashua. Mile markers also contain the Everett Turnpike shield in Nashua, and combined US 3 and Everett Turnpike shields are posted along the side of the road on stand-alone posts, though most on-ramp signage only indicates US 3.

Signs for the turnpike are most prominent on the Merrimack-Bedford segment which lacks any concurrent US or Interstate route. Along this section, the Everett Turnpike shield appears on on-ramp direction signs, along the side of the highway on signposts, and on overhead reassurance signs.

Along the I-293 segment in Manchester, signage is similar to the Nashua US 3 section, though mile markers have the I-293 shield instead of the Everett Turnpike shield.

Though the Turnpike continues north to Concord, it is not signed north of the I-293 merge in Hooksett. On I-93 North, the exit for I-293 is signed as I-293/Everett Turnpike South, while the mainline is signed as I-93 North (a toll highway). On I-293 North, Everett Turnpike signs stop at the merge, with I-93 North signed by itself. There is no indication of the northern terminus on I-93 in either direction. Southbound, the first emergence of Turnpike signage is after the exit onto I-293. There are no Turnpike signs on any intersecting highways north of this exit, including I-89.

There are Turnpike mile markers only from the Massachusetts state line to the interchange with I-293 and Route 101. North of there, the mile markers and sequential exit numbers relate to the concurrent Interstate highways.

History[edit]

Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, exit 4 in Nashua was signed as "East Dunstable Road / FAA Center." The "FAA Center" signage was removed at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmOld exit
[4][5][3][6][7]
New exitDestinationsNotes
HillsboroughNashua0.000.00 US 3 south / Northwest ExpresswayContinuation into Massachusetts
0.500.801Spit Brook Road – South Nashua
1.492.402 To NH 3A / Daniel Webster Highway – HudsonCircumferential Highway; signed as exit 1A from northbound collector–distributor lane
2.594.1713Daniel Webster Highway – South NashuaSouthbound left exit and northbound entrance only; originally exit 1
3.185.124East Dunstable Road
4.697.5525 NH 111 to NH 111A – Nashua, Hudson, Pepperell, MASigned as exits 5E (east) and 5W (west); originally exit 2
5.138.265E-A5ASimon StreetNorthbound exit only, formerly signed as Exit 5E-A
6.2210.016 NH 130 (Broad Street) – Hollis
6.7410.857 US 3 north / NH 101A – Nashua, Downtown, Amherst, MilfordNorthern end of US 3 concurrency; signed as exits 7E (east) and 7W (west)
7.6612.337W8 To NH 101A west – Amherst, MilfordLocally known as Somerset Parkway
Merrimack9.8315.8210 To US 3 / Industrial DriveToll barriers on northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps
11.1017.86811 To US 3 – MerrimackToll barriers on northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps
14.9424.0412 To US 3 / Bedford RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance only. No longer tolled.
Bedford13 Raymond Wieczorek DriveManchester–Boston Regional AirportInterchange opened to public on November 10, 2011
To US 3 / NH 3A – South River Road – Litchfield
Bedford toll plaza
19.3931.2110 I-293 south / NH 101 to US 3 / NH 114 – Portsmouth, Exeter, Bedford, MilfordSouthern end of I-293 concurrency; exit numbers follow I-293; originally exit 5
Manchester21.2234.1564 US 3 (Second Street, Queen City Avenue) / NH 3A south / NH 114A – ManchesterSouthern end of NH 3A concurrency
21.9635.345Granite Street – West Manchester
23.2737.4576Amoskeag Street, Goffstown RoadOriginally exit 7
24.2539.037 NH 3A north – HooksettNorthbound exit and southbound entrance only; northern end of NH 3A concurrency
MerrimackHooksett27.1843.74 I-93 south / I-293 ends – Salem, BostonNorthern end of I-293 concurrency, southern end of I-93 concurrency; exit numbers follow I-93
Hooksett toll plaza
29.5247.51811 To NH 3A – HooksettToll barrier between interchange and NH 3A; originally exit 8
Bow36.2458.32 I-89 north – Lebanon, White River Junction, VTOriginally exit 9
Concord36.9159.4012 NH 3A (S. Main Street) – Bow JunctionSigned as exits 12N (north) and 12S (south)
38.0861.2813 US 3 (Manchester Street) – Downtown
39.2063.0914 NH 9 (Loudon Road) – State Offices
I-93 north – PlymouthEverett Turnpike ends; continuation past NH 9
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c GRANIT Archived August 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine GIS data - NH Public Roads
  2. ^ Brown, Janice A. (August 23, 2006). "New Hampshire's Turnpike History". Cow Hampshire. BlogHarbor. Retrieved January 15, 2009.
  3. ^ a b New Hampshire Statutes Title XX Chapter 237
  4. ^ 1968 Indiana Toll Road map (has exits 3-10 from Nashua to Milford, then present exits 11-13 from Hooksett to Concord)
  5. ^ 1985 USGS topo
  6. ^ 1985 USGS topo
  7. ^ 1957 USGS Suncook quadrangle