Interstate 95 south
Interstate 95 spans the Piscataqua River between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Lowering from the eight-lane steel arch bridge, I-95 approaches Exit 7 with Market Street to Woodbury Avenue and Downtown Portsmouth. The freeway passes northwest of Downtown parallel to U.S. 1 Bypass between the river and Pease International Tradeport. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interests to the New Hampshire Port Authority and Downtown Portsmouth area historic attractions should use Market Street south from the diamond interchange (Exit 7) with I-95. Historic attractions include the Portsmouth Harbour Trail, Albacore Submarine Museum and the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The Piscataqua River Bridge touches down in Portsmouth at Christian Shore as Exit 7 departs. Market Street comprises a north-south arterial in conjunction with Woodbury Avenue between Downtown and the Fox Run Mall area on the north side of town. Woodbury Avenue (old U.S. 4 & NH 16) splits with Market Street on its southward approach to U.S. 1 Bypass near the Meadowbrook section of the city. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 95 next encounters the Exit 5 interchange complex with the Spaulding Turnpike (U.S. 4 & New Hampshire 16). The Spaulding Turnpike provides a limited access route from Portsmouth north to Dover, Rochester and Laskey Corner for travelers bound for the White Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee region of central and northern New Hampshire. U.S. 4 & New Hampshire 16 begin at nearby Portsmouth Circle with U.S. 1 Bypass. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The first reassurance marker of Interstate 95 posted within the Granite State. There is no Exit 6 for southbound travelers as that off-ramp serves Woodbury Avenue for northbound motorists. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The aforementioned Portsmouth Circle lies at the south end of the Spaulding Turnpike and is accessible from Exit 5 from Interstate 95 south. The rotary represents the point where U.S. 1 Bypass turns from an east-west alignment to a north-south one. The expressway from the circle east to the New Hampshire-Maine Bridge represented Interstate 95 until 1972. U.S. 1 Bypass otherwise returns to U.S. 1 by way of Meadowbrook. Photo taken 06/28/05.
U.S. 4 partitions with New Hampshire 16 and the Spaulding Turnpike six miles north of Interstate 95 at Exit 6. The US highway branches westward en route to Durham, Northwood and the capital city of Concord. U.S. 4 overall travels 256 miles between Portsmouth and the Albany, New York area. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 95 continues southward toward Hampton and Boston beyond the off-ramp (Exit 5) to the Spaulding Turnpike. U.S. 4 west & New Hampshire 16 travel across Great Bay ahead of their split near Durham and Dover. The Spaulding Turnpike becomes a toll road at that point and again between Dover and Rochester. New Hampshire 16 follows the entire limited access route northward to Laskey Corner near the Carroll County line.
Beyond Laskey Corner, New Hampshire 16 reverts to a two-lane roadway northward to U.S. 302 at Crawford Notch, Berlin and Errol in far northern New Hampshire. Newington meanwhile lies west of the Turnpike Exit 4 on Great Bay. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Pushing southward, Interstate 95 encounters Pease International Tradeport and Portsmouth International Airport (PSM), a large transportation and cargo complex west of the partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exits 3B/A) with NH 33. Exit 3A provides a direct ramp into the Tradeport via Grafton Road while Exit 3B ties into New Hampshire 33 (Greenland Road). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 3B represents the last departure point before Interstate 95 switches onto the tolled Blue Star Turnpike. New Hampshire 33 travels over the former alignment of NH 101 as a short east-west route joining Portsmouth, Greenland and Stratham. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Sherburne Road passes over Interstate 95 ahead of the ramp departure (Exit 3A) onto Grafton Road north. Grafton Road spurs into Pease International Tradeport from New Hampshire 33 (Greenland Road). The facility includes multi modal terminals in addition to air flights. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 3B leaves Interstate 95 south after the New Hampshire 33 (Greenland Road) overpass. Greenland Road carries the state route west from Portsmouth Plains into the town of Greenland. NH 33 ends at U.S. 1 to the east and NH 108 to the west. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Interstate 95 continues as an eight-lane toll road between Exits 3 and 1. Midway along the route is the trumpet interchange (Exit 2) connection with the New Hampshire 101 freeway. New Hampshire 101 joins Hampton and the Seacoast with Manchester and Concord. The freeway also serves the city of Exeter between Interstates 95 and 93. Photo taken 06/28/05.
The Hampton Main Toll Plaza resides just south of the Exit 2 trumpet interchange. All passenger vehicles are levied a $2.00 toll (2015 rates); vehicles departing via Exit 2 to New Hampshire 101 are charged 75 cents (2015 rates). Discounts are applied for E-ZPass account holders. Photo taken 06/28/05.
One mile north of the Hampton Main Toll Plaza and Exit 2 to New Hampshire 101. Walnut Avenue passes over the freeway here from North Hampton Center. New Hampshire 101 exists as a freeway from nearby New Hampshire 27 (Exit 13) west to Interstate 93 at Manchester. The highway spurs as a super-two expressway east from Exit 13 to U.S. 1 and Hampton Beach on the coast. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Approaching the NH 111 (Exeter Road) over pass and Hampton Main Toll Plaza along I-95 (Blue Star Turnpike) south. The configuration pictured here outlines the former toll booth array. High speed E-ZPass lanes were added at the toll plaza by June 2010, allowing motorists to pass through uninterrupted at 65 MPH. Photo taken 06/28/05.
Exit 2 departs Interstate 95 south for the short access road and Hampton Side Toll Plaza between separate trumpet interchanges. New Hampshire 101 west ventures five miles to Exeter and 13 miles to Epping before merging onto Interstate 93 south at Manchester in 31 miles. Eastward, the highway meets New Hampshire 27 (Exeter Road) on the outskirts of Hampton. Photo taken 06/28/05.
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Historical looks at the Hampton Main Toll Plaza before the 2010-addition of Open Road Tolling (ORT). Two high speed ORT lanes now travel through the center of the plaza in each direction. Photos taken 06/28/05.
The cash lanes and E-ZPass lanes come together at the NH 27 (Exeter Road) overpass just south of the NH 101 freeway. Photo taken 06/28/05.
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Turnpike travelers may access an on-site New Hampshire State Liquor Store along I-95 south ahead of the Taylor River. The state sanctioned liquor store also provides lottery ticket sales. Photos taken 06/28/05.
New Hampshire 107 (New Zealand Road) meets Interstate 95 at a partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 1) in Seabrook. The state route begins at U.S. 1 and heads west to East Kingston and Kingston (junction NH 125). Photo taken 06/28/05.
Drivers bound for New Hampshire 107 (New Zealand Road) depart Interstate 95 south at Exit 1. U.S. 1 south from New Zealand Road serves Smithtown and South Seabrook via New Hampshire 286 east. New Hampshire 107 west reaches Kingston in six miles. NH 107 represents one of three state routes traveling east to U.S. 1 in a two mile stretch between Hampton Falls and Seabrook. Photo taken 06/28/05.


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06/28/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan

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