Interstate 293 forms an 11.18-mile loop west from I-93 to Bedford and north along the Merrimack River through the city of Manchester. The east-west portion overlaps with New Hampshire 101, a cross-state route from Keene to Hampton Beach. The north-south section doubles as the free section of the F.E. Everett Turnpike mainline.
Construction of the F.E. Everett Turnpike commenced in 1953, with the initial segment open August 20, 1955 from Nashua to U.S. 3 & NH 3A (Queen City Avenue) in Manchester. The turnpike opened northward another 17 miles to U.S. 3 (Manchester Street) in Concord on August 29, 1957.1
The east-west portion of Interstate 293 opened as part of the freeway (NH 101) planned between Manchester and the Seacoast in 1961. It was designated as Interstate 193 until 1977, when I-93 was completed through eastern reaches of Manchester.2
Manchester - 1975 New Hampshire Official Highway Map
Exit numbers counted up from east to west when Interstate 193 was designated from I-93 west to Bedford. The F.E. Everett Turnpike was unnumbered until 1977.
Interstate 293 N.H. Highway Guides
|Interstate 293 scenes|
|Bridge Street spans both the Merrimack River and Interstate 293 (F.E. Everett Turnpike) from U.S. 3 (Elm Street) to McGregor Street in the West Side area of Manchester. Motorists bound for Interstate 293 are directed onto McGregor Street north to Eddy Road for its ramp to I-293 south or the Amoskeag Rotary. Photo taken 07/30/07.|
|Bremer Street lowers to intersect Eddy Road south of its ramps to Interstate 293 in the West Side area of Manchester. A set of pedestal flashers accompany the stop sign. Photo taken 07/30/07.|
|The southbound guide sign for the Granite Street on-ramp to Interstate 293 (F.E. Everett Turnpike) & New Hampshire 3A in Manchester. Photo taken 07/30/07.|
07/30/07 by AARoads
Page Updated 02-07-2015.