New Hampshire Roads - US 3 S. of Groveton/NH 11
south of Groveton, US 3/NH 11
Cute little Everett Turnpike milepost. US 3 shares space with the Turnpike until the toll booths come, then it's bye-bye and no route number for the Turnpike.
Concord St. SB entering Nashua. This is where US 3 jogs over to the Everett Turnpike, getting there at Exit 7 and riding the freeway into Massachusetts. The old road continues as Concord St., Main St., and ultimately Daniel Webster Highway (the same name as US 3 north of the city).
Old center-tab BGS, SB on the Everett.
NB approaching construction to the southwest of Manchester Airport, where a new connector will link the Everett Tpk. to the main terminal. Despite connecting to a toll road, the connector is toll-free and actually allows traffic to bypass the mainline toll plaza - even mainline traffic with a spare minute to exit and U-turn. Hopefully word doesn't get out.
Fresh and new on US 3 NB. State name! Oi!
Pardon the cut-off NH 101 sign, but this county line sign is why the photo exists. You're entering the green background (town of Hooksett) as most city line signs would indicate, but this one lies in a new county, the white background (Merrimack).
Old LGS SB at I-293, and then even older BGS's to the north, SB at NH 28 (snapped through a rear window, sorry).
The Amoskeag Bridge EB in Manchester, courtesy Bill Donovan; straight ahead is Salmon St., which intersects US 3 a block later.
SB and NB in Concord with US 202. There should be a US 4 shield added to the I-393 LGS. Click on the first photo for a closeup of that original state-name shield.
The south end of the Laconia Bypass, a Super-2 that US 3 follows with NH 11. As you can see, it was meant to continue southward from here, possibly as far as I-93. Note in the third photo a two-way traffic reminder sign, clearly facing SB traffic on the stub end.
The Bypass is cut short at the former NH 11, where US 3 heads back west to meet itself and NH 11 rejoins its old alignment to the east. Before US 3 gets back, though, there's an original highway bridge that just looks neat.
The north end of the Bypass also looks like it wants to extend farther north, with your straight-ahead view ostensibly that of the SB lane, with the NB lane on the right being forced to exit in a tight loop. However, Lily Pond gets in the way of a presumed NB entrance ramp - or maybe the entrance would happen further up NH 11-C. Anyway, for now the Bypass does what it's supposed to, with exits at major routes.
River St. EB and WB at Leavitt Rd., north of Ashland (but SB on US 3, which curves upside-down around Little Squam Lake) and just east of US 3/NH 25. So what of this one lane bridge?
Ah. Sadly, born in 1990, so of little interest to me.
NB past another of those no-text Interstate shields until US 3 actually merges with I-93 through Franconia Notch. More accurately, I-93 merges into US 3, because the Parkway hasn't been upgraded much since that was the only road through.
Onto Franconia Notch Parkway, the only two-lane mainline Interstate highway in the United States (excepting Alaska's and Puerto Rico's "Interstates" that are designated but not signed). I-93 was brought directly onto US 3 through the Notch, but environmental concerns (including the preservation of the Old Man in the Mountain, much good that did) prevented widening the highway to four lanes. By Exit 34C (NH 18, second photo), the highway has widened back to four lanes. First two photos courtesy Lou Corsaro.
NB after leaving I-93.
This one's missing the central point on top.
Past some White Mountains scenery to Whitefield, skipping the NH 116/142 concurrency (see big link below) and coming to what I think is the old meeting house and more abandoned railroad tracks. (There was a junction to the southeast, sending one abandoned set of tracks west - as seen on my 116/142 page - and sending this one north.) The old sign and signals have gotten nice and crackly with age.
On up to Guildhall Rd./Bridge St., crossing from Guildhall, VT. Typical but older state line sign.
What's special about Northumberland is that an old alignment of US 3 dared cross the railroad tracks twice to serve houses along the Connecticut River, whereas modern 3 stays to the east of the now-abandoned tracks. (They all seem to be abandoned up this way, though these at least are still clear for future use.) These photos look south from Bridge St. at the southern crossing.
Looking north at the part of the old road that's still open for residential service.
Continue north on US 3
NH 116/142 and US 3/NH 116/142
Onto NH 11 alone
Everett Tpk. Exit 2, future Circumferential Highway
Back to US 3 main page
Into Massachusetts on US 3
Onto the Manchester Airport Connector
To NH 101
Onto I-293 (the rest of the Everett Turnpike)
Onto NH 28
Onto US 202
Onto NH 9
Onto NH 18
Through Franconia Notch
Onto US 302
Everett Tpk. on Steve Anderson's bostonroads.com
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