northbound on US 3 at the NH/MA state line. This photo was actually taken in MA but where the pavement changes ahead, is where NH begins aswell as the Everett Turnpike. The new style of the welcome to New Hampshire sign is in the median aswell as the one and only warning sign to exit 1 (Spit Brook Rd) to the right. Exit 1 BTW is seen in the background.
Closeup of the welcome sign. You can see the bilingual welcome and the state motto on the bottom. This type of welcome sign is seen on all the freeways entering NH.
NB on US 3/Everett Turnpike approaching exit 2. IMHO, the Everett Turnpike shield (seen next to the US 3 sign to the left) kind of looks like a "LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN" sign! I also dig NH's style to put 2 freeway signs on a single one pipe sign bridge.
exit 2. by getting off of here, you go directly onto the Circumferencial Highway that currencly links US 3/Everett Turnpike to NH 3A in southern Nashua. Now the story goes for the Circumferencial Highway is that is was planned to go around Nashua as like a by-pass and eventually meet back up with the Everett Turnpike in Bedford. The project was cancelled due to local opposition. Though currently, there is talk about continuing the highway put no plans in effect... yet.
approaching exit 4. if you notice, under "E. Dunstable Rd.", there is a blank space. It used to read "FAA Center" (Federal Aviation Administration) but was removed as a request from the FAA shortly after the September 11th attacks in 2001. Now currently is just a big sign with an ugly empty space.
Exit 4 and approaching exit 5. exit 4 leaves the turnpike and goes onto a c/d roadway from exit 3 and exits the highway from there.
I took this shot in order to show how wide some of NH's sign bridges are! Seriously, LOOK! Ive even seen wider ones on I-95 in Portsmouth!
Exit 4 branching off the c/d roadway to the right.
More exit 5 approach but this time showing it has 2 lanes exiting the turnpike. Notice how on the NH 111A shield, the letter "A" is below the numbers instead of to the side which most states do. This is a common practice in NH. Any suffixed route in NH has the letter below the number (except with 1 digit numbers, then it is to the side). You will never find a "stretched" NH shield.
exit 5. exit 5 does the c/d road thing at a cloverleaf interchange with NH 111 and NH 111A. Though not shown on any signs before the exit, Simon St is accecable by getting off here. Also notice "Nashua" on the sign is way off center! Unfortunately, that is common in NH.
Exit 5E-W and finally signage for Simon St (though a little late).
Exit 5W-A and approaching exit 6.
This sign looks a little Massachusetts and Rhode Island style because of no separation line between the exit tab and the sign.
More wide sign bridges!
Approaching exit 7&6 on US 3/Everett Turnpike going northbound. By getting off of exit 6, you can access the New Hampshire welcome center.
An older sign for exit 6.
Exit 6 itself. Notice the black around the NH 130 shield. Very New Jersey right there.
Approaching exit 7. What it doesn't tell you is that there is exit 7E-W. It also doesn't tell you that US 3 leaves the Everett Turnpike and goes onto back roads.
Exit 7E and approaching exit 7W with signage finally showing US 3 exiting the Everett Turnpike. From here, the Everett Turnpike goes alone until it gets to Manchester when it gets to I-293. From there, I'll give that info later.
Exit 7A to the right with a small sign guiding motorists to the Nashua Airport to the bottom right. To the left is a pull through sign for the Everett Turnpike. It also shows that it goes to I-93 and I-293 which are good to show for all those headed up through Manchester and up north (it would be neat to see I-89 shield up there, but that is a little to far north).
Approaching exit 8 with a park and ride. If you look closely, you can see that the poles end up coming from top of the sign. This is standard in NH where the sign is mounted a little lower that it normally should be.
Peterborough and the Monadnock Region can be accessed by taking this exit. Zoom in for a better view.
Exit 8 is actually the same as exit 7W: same route, same control cities. Pointless? Nah, it does serve some busy places. Though it should say "TO NH 101A" since getting off hear means going onto the Somerset Parkway. This is also the last exit before the toll part of the Everett Turnpike and the yellow space below the pull through sign reads "A TOLL ROAD". That is NH's way of saying the last exit before toll.
Right after exit 8, is this sign. A bit unnecessary since the same sign is seen just a 8/10 of a mile south! Typical in NH though and a little bit of a waste.
A neon bright yellow sign telling you that you have entered the toll portion and the next few exits have toll plazas on the ramps before the mainline one in Bedford.
There are only 3 exits actually on the toll portion of the Everett Turnpike (all have "TO US 3") and here is toll info showing that certain exits have the correct toll plazas for certain vehicles. Exits 10 and 12 are cars only plazas and exit 11 is the only exit which allows any vehicles.
Thomas More College exit 10!
Though halfly obscured by trees, the sign is basically a smaller remake of the sign seen two photos ago. Trucks are also prohibited from the ramp plazas at those exits from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
Approaching exit 10. I think any info under the green sign is unnecessary since that info was stated on the previous signs.
exit 3. zoom in for a better view.
Exit 11. This is the only exit which allows any vehicle to exit at any time. And as you can see, all exits on the toll portion of the turnpike lead to US 3.
Ive never seen an orange color of those signs, but I like it!
A way of showing by accessing exit 11, you lead to Continental Boulavard and the convention center. I also dig NH's way of abbreviating the word center: cntr.
Trucks, I would exit now if you want US 3.
The ramp plaza. I also dig all the neon looking colors. Preeeetttyyyyyy
Here is a typical mile post seen on all of the freeways in NH. These are seen every 10th of a mile! A little bit of a waste of metal don't you think?
I am not sure whats going on here, but it must be good.
Approaching exit 12 to US 3 and Bedford Rd in... well... Bedford, NH. This is also the last exit before the Bedford toll plaza.
More red freeway signage. I think the green exit 12 tab is not needed since it says exit 12 right under it!
A pull through sign (even though there is no exit) and a sign for the upcoming toll plaza. The sign to the right is also a typical NH sign saying that you are approaching a toll plaza!
Toll signage and looks like there is to be another sign going to be added. Though I have no idea what!
More toll signage. This is all typical to NH. There used to be a sign to the right showing that there are exact change lanes for cars only but it appears as if the exact change lanes were removed from the plaza.
More toll approach signs. The sign on the bottom explains that the plaza accepts Massachusetts toll collector: Fast Lane. Another typical NH scene.
More toll signage.
Wide load lanes are kept to the right of the plaza. The Bedford toll is visible in the background.
I am not sure what this construction is all about, but it should be interesting.
There is the toll!
This type of sign is seen before all toll plazas in NH showing the toll rates for all vehicles. Yikes, I don't think I could catch that all before passing it!
A wee bit older signage for the upcoming I-293/NH 101 interchange. Freeway junctions also don't have exit numbers in New Hampshire. If Manchester Airport weren't here, the exit tab showing that destination wouldn't be there. Kinda neet to have that though and are seen on most signs direction traffic to the airport.
A more diagrammicle sign for the Manchester Airport. The formal name for the airport BTW is the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
More I-293/NH 101. Also notice how faded the I-293 shield is. I have actually seen that a lot on the signage in Manchester.
I-293 exiting. From here, the Everett Turnpike still continues north, but is multiplexed with I-293 up until I-93 in Hooksett. This is also on the free portion of the Everett Turnpike.
Closeup of the signs. Also a last minute listing for the cities of Milford and Exeter.
The gore point signage for I-293 south and NH 101 East. Also note the use of a 2-digit shield for a 3-digit route for I-293! Pretty common on a lot of signs in the area.
NH 101 west exit.
Older gore point signage for NH 101 west.
Now on I-293/Everett Turnpike north, we enter the metro Manchester area while approaching exit 4 toward ANOTHER US 3 point. Also, if you zoom in, you'll see the distance for exit 4 is in both english and metric distance. This is common on most NH freeway signs (except for of course the Everett Turnpike south of here). Kinda cool! Metric is also seen on the Maine Turnpike.
The first shields for the multiplex. Notice how the I-293 and the Everett Turnpike shield are all in one sign. This is a very common practice in NH to install "uni-signs".
More exit 4 and a lone pull through but this time guiding motorists toward I-93 which is only a few miles up.
For all the Manchester area college students...
exit 4 and also approaching exit 5. From here, NH 3A joins with I-293/Everett Turnpike.
Exit 5 destinations.
Almost to exit 5. Now exit 5 was recently updated to a SPUI interchange and used to be a folded diamond interchange where only northbound can get off of here and people could only access the road southbound. Now there is a full interchange and NHDOT did a nice job with it.
exit 5 with a sign having its own bridge!
Traffic does slow down, but that is not the real hazzard up ahead. I-293/Everett Turnpike/NH 3A go through some treturous curves up ahead.
Approaching exit 6.
More exit 6. P.S., try to say Amoskeag 5 times fast.
exit 6. Now before exit 5 had its reconstruction, motorists had to go through Manchester and access I-293/Everett Turnpike/NH 3A from here. Now I'm glad you don't have to.
Approaching exit 7.
More exit 7. Did I mention I dig the metric?
exit 7. from here, NH 3A leaves I-293/Everett Turnpike and goes northward paralleling the highway till it gets to I-93, then it parallels that until it ends in Concord.
Approaching I-93 and it is indeed the last exit before the Hooksett toll plaza. I-293 ends up here aswell.
Here is the official north end of I-293. The Everett Turnpike does continue north (ends at NH 9 precisely), but all signage for the turnpike ends here (very confusting). Also note the neat style of merge sign. Never seen it before! Now merging onto I-93 north.
First sign for the upcoming Hooksett toll plaza.
A long shot view of the wide freeway with a sign for exit 11 to the right (cmon, wheres the metric?)
wiiiiiiiiiide sign bridge!
Typical toll signs seen before the tolls in New Hampshire. I also don't understand why the E-ZPASS only lanes are in the middle rather than to the left or to the right (for wide loads) which is normally the case.
A sign for the upcoming rest area thats not to far after the toll. And that is right, the sign says that there is a liquor store at the area! New Hampshire actually has liquor stores on its interstates! New Hampshire is the ONLY stats I know of that has liquor stores on the freeways. Very strange and its just calling for a case of DUI or DWI. NH liquor store signs are also seen on the back roads of NH telling where they are. Though I guess it has some purpose so drivers don't have to exit the freeway to get a bottle of wine or beer for where they are going.
One last of those type of toll signs with another reminder that MA's FAST LANE is accepted here.
... and one last of these signs.
more exit 11.
exit 11. The toll is just over the road horizon.
The Hooksett toll plaza on I-93/Everett Turnpike north.
And a nice list of toll rates.
Another liquor store/rest area warning sign. Also, gold font + blue sign = bad visibility. NHDOT, pick a new font color.
After the toll we come to this unisign telling you are on I-93 north AND that you are approaching I-89 which is the next exit a few miles up.
A typical speed limit sign showing the maximum and minimum speedson the highway. This type of sign is seen on all of the freeways in NH.
Not only is there liquor at the upcoming area, but also lottery tickets. Is it really neccassary for NHDOT to include all of this? I guess so, but eh...
And what is a rest area with out vending machines and 24 hour service?
One more distance sign! Cmooooooooooooooon metric.
And the sign telling you to EXIT NOW for the rest area.
An older round cornered gore point signage for the rest area and liquor store.
Right after the exit is a nice older sign showing all the hours for the rest area (even though is has none) and the liquor store.
I like all the detail in the vehicles on the signs.
Thats right Smokey, thats right. Nice sign BTW.
And here is the liquor store itself! It looks like a nice older building and in a way, it looks like a barn. The service plaza, bathrooms, tourist info, etc is to the right. All liquor stores in NH are run by the state so its appropriate to have "STATE" written on the building. And also believe me, there are all kinds of wine, beer, spirits, booze everything! BUT, no sodas or juice or anything else :(
Seen in the parking lot with I-93 in the background, a sign pointing out the obvious.
After the rest area/liquor store, we see a wide angle of I-93 in between the Hooksett toll plaza and I-89 with some minor construction ahead.
The first real sign for the upcoming I-89.
And this time a sign with control cities and a lane to keep on to go on it. I-89 is a pretty rural interstate but it does connect the metro Boston (from I-93) to Montreal, QC, so it does have a purpose. It is also one of two 8x interstates in New England (the other being I-84).
Another warning but this time with an exit only tab.
For motorists to the all famous Dartmouth college in Hanover, NH and for the Lake Sunapee region (home to Aerosmith!), a sign tells people to take the next right.
I-89 exit. A "TO I-393" is shown on the pull through sign aswell as "Portsmouth" for people wishing to get from Concord to the NH seacoast. Although you should have taken NH 101 back when you had the chance ;). I-393 is also a very short spur off of I-93 and ends only a few miles after it begins (US 4, US 202, and NH 9 continue on after it to the coast). Also note how "Lebanon" on the I-89 sign is way of center. Cmon NHDOT.
Gore point for I-89 north.
And the exit itself on the c/d roadway.
Approaching exit 12S-N on I-93/Everett Turnpike north. Notice the "TO I-89" shield on the exit sign. That is for motorists who accidently missed the I-89 exit and for those people, just take exit 12S (NH 3A south) down to where the entrance to I-89 is. Just that simple!
exit 12S exiting to the right.
exit 12N. I also got a nice closeup with the typical NH route shield (has the Old Man On The Mountain) on the left.
And a quite large unisign for I-93 north and I-393. Also no Everett Turnpike signage!
approaching exit 13 with one of many US 3 junctions.
an older sign for the Concord Airport and a new sign for the NH park and ride bus terminal at exit 14.
exit 13 and also approaching exit 14.
...and another extra wide sign bridge!
Better view of the signs. Its also a little early to be having a pull through sign (should be at the exit itself).
These signs are for exit 15E which is I-393/US 4/US 202 east and the sign there is actually exit 1 off of there.
Sign for the ever popular Loudon Speedway which is off of I-393.
exit 14. Although no signs indicate it, the Everett Turnpike officially ends here.
First signs for exit 15E-W.
A nice older sign for exit 15E with a nice big and blocky sign bridge (NH's old standard actually). This is also the eastern end of I-393.
Closeup of the signs. Let me tell you some things wrong with it. Okay, #1, the I-393 is in a 2-digit interstate shield when it should be in a 3-digit one. #2, the US 4 is in a 3-digit US shield when it should be in a 2-digit one. #3, the fonts on the route shields are all different. And #4, the arrow is a little bit small and looks as if it was added after the sign was made as more of a last minute thing.
Now on I-393/US 4/US 202 east, we come to exit 1.
Gore point for exit 1. Apperently the ramp is going to be closed on June 28 from 5AM to 11AM for something so find your alternate rotues!
Unisign for the "triplex" of routes.
Although we are basically leaving Concord, we still see signs for its exits.
Approaching exit 2.
The NH state offices are indeed at this exit.
Yeah, there are tons of businesses here.
exit 2 and a pullthrough sign are mounted on NH 132 itself. It also seems a little high!
A more standard I-393/US 4/US 202 unisign.
Now approaching exit 3 which is also the last exit before I-393 ends.
And for all to go to the famous London Speedway...
These are the only signs that even say that I-393 ends. Well anyway, it does and it does in just a 1/4 mile.
Now closing to one lane, we see a unisign for US 4/US 202 east. They should also put a "JCT NH 9" here since it does come up here in a second.
A rather odd yield ahead sign where we merge onto NH 9. This type of yield ahead sign (also seen for stop ahead signs aswell) is standard in NH actually. It gives the direction the yield or stop sign is. Kinda funky.
Now onto US 4/US 202/NH 9 east we come to a 2-way portion of highway which does connect Concord to the NH seacoast.
The first signal seen after I-393 ends and US 202/US 4/NH 9 continue. This is at the intersection of Main Street in Chichester. This shows the new type of signal install that NH uses. It still uses the New England color combo and backplates.
Approaching NH 28 at a traffic circle in Epsom, NH. Notice the type of unisign its on. This is a typical seen before a route junction. Instead of a lone shield with a "JCT" plaque above it (which is hard to find in NH), NH puts a shield in a little green sign and writes "JUNCTION" above it. Never seen it anywhere else.
Traffic circle ahead sign. Not a common style though. A common one is scene later on...
Here is the view of the US 4/US 202/NH 9/NH 28 traffic circle in a commercial area in Epsom, NH.
NH 28 south exit off of the circle. This is also another common unisign seen all over NH.
US 4/US 202/NH 9 exit off of the circle. I kinda like the series E font on the US 4 and NH 9 shields. Old look.
NH 28 north exit.
Now on NH 28 north, we approach NH 107 with another typical junction sign.
And another type of unisign typically seen in NH. NH is the king when it comes to unisigns.
The signal at NH 28/NH 107. This gives another look of a new typical NH signal.
Closeup of one of the signals. I dig the louvered backplate.
And here we come approaching the NH 28/NH 11 traffic circle in Alton, NH (locally known as the Alton traffic circle). This is also the typical sign seen before every traffic circle in NH! Looks pretty cool and detailed!
After the previous sign, we see this speed limit sign. It looks a little different. NH uses this design and is seen all accross the state. The font is bigger and the outline is bigger (behind the black square).
Now entering the traffic circle. Whhheeeeeeeeeee!!
NH 11 east off of the circle. New signage BTW incase you couldn't tell.
A way of showing the routes aren't multiplexed is to put a big "T" in the middle of them. Standard to NH and a little ugly.
This sign is actually very very ancient. It has a square shield, NH's old design. They went out of fashion decades ago! So... this sign is both old and rare. Alton traffic circle.
NH 11 west exit off of the circle with more old and ancient signage!!!
NH 28 south exit.
On NH 28 north after the circle, we come to this newer signal.
Now heading through Wolfeboro, we come past the fire station with a newer lone Maryland style fire signal.
Woa! This is definetely a huge rarity! NH usually doesn't have the junction routes look like this, they usually have the unisigns. This is definetely a rarity.
Coming up to NH 109 in Wolfeboro, NH. NH 28 turns east and multiplexes with NH 109 for a little bit.
Here is the lone flasher that hangs at the rather busy intersection of NH 109 and NH 28 in Wolfeboro. Since my lake house is in this small town, I have lots of photos of this signal, so, enjoy!
NH 109 shield right after the last intersection.
The flasher on NH 109 now approaching NH 28.
Now on NH 28 south.
Now on NH 28/NH 109 where they split.
View of the signal and the sign.
Much better view.
A lone I-393 shield on US 4/US 202/NH 9 west in Chichester, NH. Though in this small assembly, there should be some "TO I-93" and "TO I-89" shields because those are the major roads that come ahead. This BTW is the only stand alone I-393 shield that I know of anywhere.
2 stops. Pretty specific.
Besides the wacky posts this sign is on, this is a pretty common sign seen on all of the back roads of NH. It is basically saying there is a road or crossroad coming up. Though this is standard, sometimes these signs come up with out the road symbol on the bottom.
And now on US 4/US 202/NH 9 west, we approach I-393.
A small diagrammical sign aswell as to I-89 and I-93 trailblazers to the right, much needed. US 202/US 4 leave NH 9 here and head onto I-393 west.
The split. If one wanted to say, eat lunch or stop somewhere to fill up on gas before they got onto the freeways and head north or south, they would go on NH 9 west into metro Concord to all of the services it has to offer (it has many, honestly).
Now heading onto the I-393 ramp.
The first unisign for the triplex.
Not even in Concord and already seing exits for it!
Approaching exit 3.
Uh oh! Construction!
Zoom in for a better view. This type of sign is seen on all of the freeways in New Hampshire. It is saying basically that the shoulders are grooved. It also has an interesting animation of a motorcycle skidding (normally, it would be a car). This is also standard in Vermont.
More unisign action.
The NH state offices can be accessed at this exit.
Mounted high upon the NH 132 bridge, we see a junction for exit 1 and for I-93. Concord is in the background.
A view of the last mile stretch of I-393 before it ends at I-93.
Older and kind of ugly unisignage.
One last warning for exit 1
Now at I-93, US 4 turns north onto I-93 toward plymouth. Reduce speed signs indicate the freeway ending ahead.
Gore signage for the last exit.
And here, the I-93 exit. This would be the east end of I-393 and the freeway reduces to 35 m.p.h. US 202 goes west and reaches US 3 about a 3/4 mile up ahead. Now I-89 is on the exit sign because its not that far to the south.
Gore point signage for I-93 south.
Now on I-93 south, we come to exit 14. The Everett Turnpike begins on its journy south here but no signs indicate it until you get to I-293.
I-93/I-89 unisignage. One of the first notices for the upcoming I-89 interchange.
First sign for the upcoming exit 13.
Newer signage for the NH Capitol Center for the Arts.
wiiiiide sign bridge action.
approaching exit 12N-S. What the sign doesn't tell you is that there is an exit 12S toward NH 3A south to Bow Jct.
exit 12N with exit 12S coming up.
exit 12S. I-89 comes up right after this interchange.
Random gore point signage for exit 12S.
The first I-89 sign telling you where it leads to. The yellow under it reads "LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL". A few miles south after this interchange, I-93 reaches the Hooksett toll plaza. If you zoom in on the sign, you'll see the blue services. Kinda off since an interstate doesn't have any services ;).
For motorists to Keene and Bow.
the I-89 exit. Oh, and... uh... can someone center "Lebanon"?
A lone pull through sign seen right after I-89 merges onto I-93 south.
I-93/Everett Turnpike south appraching the NH liquor store and rest area.
the rest area.
The first sign for the upcoming Hooksett toll plaza.
And the first sign for the upcoming exit 11.
Typical toll signage.
more exit 11 approach.
First sign for the split between I-93/I-293/Everett Turnpike. Though this sign should really read I-293/Everett Turnpike and all of its control cities instead of I-93 since the real exit is to I-293/Everett Turnpike. I-93 wouldn't exit itself!
exit 11. Don't think exit 11 doesn't get a toll, it does. Right after the ramp it goes through, there is a small toll for them.
the Hooksett toll plaza on I-93/Everett Turnpike going south..
A big diagrammical sign gives info on the upcoming split. Also note the "MANCHESTER AIRPORT" in the supposed to be exit tab. Remember, NH doesn't give exit numbers to expressway-expressway interchanges.
A better and closer view of the diagrammical sign. From here, we come to the actuall signed portion of the Everett Turnpike.
For the motorists wanting the seacoast...
... and for motorists wanting to go south to Boston.
more wide sign bridges.
And a better closeup.
Now onto I-293/Everett Turnpike south.
For those who accidently got onto this road, we see a sign for those motorists who made just that mistake.
And another unisign.
And for those wishing to access the Manchester Airport.
Now entering the metro Manchester, NH area on I-293/Everett Turnpike south.
Exit 6 destinations.
For all the Manchester college students. The road to the right is NH 3A. Exit 7 is a northbound only exit and from here, NH 3A goes onto and multiplexes with I-293/Everett Turnpike.
And now a sign for the triplex.
And more exit 6 approach.
And more on the fancy grooved shoulder's sign.
As we get into the heart of Manchester, I-293/Everett Turnpike/NH 3A goes through some pretty dangerous curves, so this sign is neccessary.
Approaching exit 5.
I love this design! On I-293/Everett Turnpike/NH 3A southbound in Manchester before exit 5.
Exit 5 is the main access to downtown, so we see this sign.
A sign for exit 5 but this time with bigger and bolder font.
exit 5 with its new design.
Approaching exit 4.
Wow this is quite a rarity to find a lone I-293 shield! I-293 BTW is multiplexed with at least one route its entire length. Oh and this is kind of ugly since its a 3-digit number inside a 2-digit shield.
The last sign actually before the exit 4 interchange. This is also the point where NH 3A leaves I-293 and the Everett Turnpike.
While we approach the I-293/Everett Turnpike split, we see a sign for the Manchester Airport, which is only a few miles ahead.
and some more wide sign bridges.
First signage for the upcoming split. From this interchange, the Everett Turnpike continues south by itself until it gets to Nashua, where US 3 joins in. I-293 on the other hand goes to the right, then curves eastward, multiplexing with NH 101 until it reaches I-93, where I-293 ends and NH 101 goes eastward to the coast.
Older signage for I-93.
The split. Anyone also notice the control cites changed? I also dig the "A TOLL ROAD" tab. NH is the only place I know that does it.
Now onto the Everett Turnpike alone, we see a somwhat older distance sign.
Apperentley this is the sign you are going to see before any construction zone funded by ARRA funding anywhere in the US. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/arrasignguidance.htm
After the I-293 split, the Everett Turnpike approaches the Bedford toll plaza.
indeed, though you forgot the dollar sign buddy!
More toll signage with light traffic actually.
The road reduces to 35 m.p.h. These yellow signs are starting to get very common in NH actually.
I thought this sign bridge was way too long for such little signs.
closeup of the signs.
Hey, this time they got it right!
Here is the Bedford toll plaza on the Everett Turnpike going south.
If you look closely, you can see that around the overhead signs, is a box showing that it lights up at night and is changeable.
Approaching exit 11. Southbound exits don't have tolls on the Everett Turnpike since you already payed a toll.
Construction. No idea what its for, but construction.
Just some services...
exit 11 southbound toll.
approaching exit 10 with another US 3.
exit 10 southbound toll.
A far distance, but a sign showing the NH welcome center is at exit 6, aswell as a bus terminal.
Now entering Nashua, we see signs for all the park and rides.
Welcome to Nashua! On the Everett Turnpike south approaching exit 8.
Approaching exit 8 with some older signage! Its not very common anymore to have the exit tab in the center. Its also starting to get rare with the white background around the shield!
Peterborough and Keene, at this exit.
More of that style of sign for exit 8. zoom in for a better view!
A lone pullthrough :(
More center exit tab for exit 7! Although the sign doesn't say so (it really should), US 3 north and NH 101A are at this exit. And there is also exit 7W-E.
More correct signage. Exit 7W to the right with exit 7E coming up.
Exit 7E with exit 6 approaching. US 3 joins with the Everett Turnpike here and goes south.
Approaching exit 5. sorry for the slight blurriness.
Older unisigns with a quite atrotious US 3 shield.
sorry, i likee the wide sign bridge.
Exit 5 is actually split. Shown on the c/d roadway, exit 5E-W signage.
exit 5E and approaching exit 4.
More exit 4 approach.
Approaching the left exit of exit 3.
Thats a wide one.
More exit 3 approach. Note the blank part above the exit 3 control cities. Probably reserved for some route, but I have no idea what.
exit 3 to the left and approaching exit 2.
Some new signage with some of the only metric signage south of I-293. Now by accessing exit 2, you go directly onto the short Circumferencial Highway which currently connects US 3/Everett Turnpike with NH 3A in South Nashua. The Circumferencial Highway was supposed to go around the eastern part of Nashua and meet at the Everett Turnpike near Merrimack. The project was cancelled to to local opposition but there is talk about building the rest of the highway.
exit 2 with quite a narrow pull through sign.
exit 1. Also the last pull through sign of the Everett Turnpike you'll see in NH. This is also obviously the last exit in NH for the Everett Turnpike.
Welcome to Massachusetts! On US 3 south. Technically, the sign is in Massachusetts, but it was takin in New Hampshire (state line is where the pavement changes). So, welcome to Massachusetts! This would also mark the southern end of the Everett Turnpike.
On NH 28 north, the flasher at NH 171 in Ossipee, NH. These flashers wig-wag but I took the photo just as they were swithing, so it now looks like they are both lit.
NH 28 at its northern end at NH 16 in Ossipee, NH.
Closeup of the signals. I appologize for the over exposure, my camera sucks.
Approaching Center Ossipee on NH 16 north, we come to an intersection with NH 16B and then a short super 2.
Typical seen in NH with blue service signs to anywhere from museums to general stores!
Past the NH 16B intersection, we see a unisign for an upcoming NH 25.
Now on the short NH 16 super-2 in Center Ossipee, we come to NH 25 east exit which indeed goes all the way to Portland, Maine (about 60 miles eastward).
Always like some service signs. Maine does this practice too.
All NH 25 there.
NH 25 east exit. From this interchange, NH 25 multiplexes with NH 16.
Now on NH 16/NH 25, we pass by the famous NH brake for moose sign! This is a native NH sign and I see it every time I am in the area.
Distances for the towns up ahead. Meredith BTW is accessed by using NH 25 west.
Approaching to the intersection where NH 25 branches off of NH 16 in West Ossipee. The sign really shouldn't say "JUNCTION NH 25" since you are already on NH 25 XD.
Towns for the two routes.
The signal at NH 25/NH 16 in West Ossipee showing an older typical NH signal.
Another good closeup.
Approaching NH 41 on NH 16 in West Ossipee. NH 41 is a very short 5 mile road connecting NH 16 to NH 113 with access to Silver Lake.
The intersection itself.
Watch out for moose!
Approaching NH 113 on NH 16 in Chocorua. This is one of two crossings with NH 113. The other being in Conway, where it multiplexes with it through downtown.
Closeup of the flasher.
Coming up to the other NH 113 junction. This is in Albany, NH.
The intersection. NH 113 is now multiplexed with NH 16 from here north.
Unisign for NH 16 north and NH 113 east.
Approaching NH 112 now in Conway on NH 16/NH 113. NH 112 is also the Kancamagus (pronounced "Kang-kuh-mang-gus" by most people but it is supposed to be pronounced "Kank-ah-maw-gus") Highway. The Kancamagus Highway is a very scenic drive through the White Mountains and connects Conway to Lincoln, NH.
NH 112 destinations. NH 112 is only the scenic Kancamagus Highway from here to Lincoln. This is also the eastern end of NH 112.
A nice closeup of the signals. Also note how badly fading they are.
Now entering downtown Conway, NH, we pass by the railroad where the Mount Washington Scenic Railway crosses.
Now at the intersection of W. Main St.
Approaching NH 153 on NH 16/NH 113. Also, where is the NH 113 shield?
In Conway, we come to an old NH standard! All yellow signals used to be used but now signals are either all black or dark green or have the New England color combo. Signals like these are slowly being replaced. This is also NH 153's northern end.
Closeup of the NH 153 sign.
Here is where NH 16 and NH 113 split. NH 113 goes east until it gets to US 302, then they multiplex until they get to Maine. NH 16 however goes north and enters North Conway where US 302 multiplexes with it.
Closeup of the rather interesting signs. They have holes in them for wind resistance. Neat!
Approaching US 302 on NH 16 in North Conway now.
A view of the commercial stretch of NH 16/US 302 in North Conway. All kinds of shops can be seen along here.
From here, US 302 multiplexes with NH 16 northward until it gets to Glen, NH, where it goes westward.
Here is the intersection itself. In the towns and cities in NH, the signals would normally look like this. All black or dark green signals with black backplates usually on a mast arm the same color as the signals. Kinda looks a little Colorado like.
The next intersection on NH 16 north/US 302 west is at Mountain Valley Blvd.
And the next intersection is at Barnes Dr.
On green. I like the green thru arrow/green ball combo on the signals. Common in MA, NH, and ME.
Closeup of the heads. Notice the red fire siren like signal next to the "NO TURN ON RED ARROW" sign. That is another common site in New Hampshire. The little black box next to it triggers an "all green signals" (which means all of the signals its facing turns green) when an emergency vehicle is rushing to an emergency and the red light there flashes. Again, that is a pretty common site in NH.
Now in downtown North Conway, an older much faded signal set up. US 302 west/NH 16 north at Kearsarge Rd in North Conway.
Closeup with the unique arrow/ball combo.
Next intersection at River Rd/Pine St with much more faded signals and much badly faded backplates.
Closeup of the signals and shows how bad the fading in the backplates are.
Now going on NH 16 south/US 302 east at the same intersection.
Better closeup with the car level signal backplate being faded.
Now at the next intersection at Kearsarge Rd.
All arrows, all the time.
Closeup of some of the ped signals.
These signals are actually rare. I have never seen older DONT WALK/WALK signals with incandescent bulbs anywhere accross New Hampshire, they have all been replaced. So, you can say this is rare.
Same intersection with the signals facing Kearsarge Rd.
Now on US 302 east/NH 16 south at Barnes Rd.
Closeup of the red siren emergency vehicle lights.
Next at Settlers Green Dr.
Closeup on red...
... now yellow left signal and green thru signals.
Next at Mountain Valley Blvd.
Good closeup of the red siren lights.
Approaching the US 302/NH 16 split. It shouldn't say "JUNCTION US 302" since you are already on it!
A nice looking sign salad.
Now on US 302 east, we approach the intersection at Shaws Way.
Next intersection at Eagle Way/North-South Rd (no seriously, thats the name).
US 302 east approaching NH 113.
At the intersection of US 302 and NH 113 with rare NH span wire signals! IMHO, this looks like an Oregon or Washington State signal set up. Or better yet, Maine. From here, US 302 turns left, multiplexing with NH 113 until it reaches the Maine state line (only a few miles away).
Closeup of the rare spanwire. Also note the odd red chevron sign. That type of set up is seen at most "T" intersections in NH.
A nice closeup of the signals pointing to the left from the previous intersection. Did I mention I dig the louvered backplate action?
Fast foward down to Conway on NH 16/NH 113. Though you can barely see it, these are old Eagle Eagleuxes!
Approaching NH 112 on NH 16 south/NH 113 west.
KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY!!!!!(we had this discussion earlier)!!!!
On the Kancamagus Highway/NH 112 west, we see the famous brake for moose sign! We pulled over to take photos.
There is my acting stupid under the sign haha.
Now in Lincoln, NH after the long scenic drive of the Kancamagus Highway on NH 112, we come to a lone 3-way Eagle flatback flasher at Maple St. Though NH 112 still continues east.
A little bit farther down to a crosswalk with a wig wag 8 inch LFE/Automatic flasher.
A little more farther down to Connector Rd with a modern signal in Lincoln.
Now approaching I-93 on NH 112.
The intersection with NH 112 and I-93 northbound.
Closeup of the signals.
A skip down to NH 16 at the northern end of the Spaulding Turnpike going south we head into northern Rochester, NH into a 13 mile safety corridor before the divided portion starts.
Approaching exit 18 a.k.a. the first southbound exit on the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16.
Not to often you find a full sign bridge complete with big freeway signs on two lane roads. Also, the Spaulding Turnpike logo looks almost exactly like the Everett Turnpike's except this one is blue.
MOOSE! yea right.
Here north of Rochester, NH 16/Spaulding Turnpike widens to two lanes while going up hill then after the hill, it goes back to the same two way super 2.
approaching exit 17.
more exit 17. the service signs below look ancient, so they are definetely older than the big green sign you see now.
exit 17. CMON ALIGNMENT!
Approaching exit 16. Sorry for the light streeks, it was raining.
More exit 16.
exit 16 now in Rochester. From here, NH 11 and US 202 join the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16 for a little bit making it a "quadroplex".
Approaching exit 15. It also looks as if there is enough space between the NH 11 and the "WEST" to put another shield!
Hey!! Here is a golden oldie! From around the time the Spaulding Turnpike was first built! The next few photos involve signs from around that time...
And... viola!!! Here is one of my favorite signs! A square route shield!!! Definetely ancient. As I mentioned with the signs of the Alton circle, squares went out of fashion in NH years and years ago! NH 11 leavs the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16/US 202 here and goes west accessing Lake Winnipesaukee. Oh, and this and the next few signs are all button copy! Oldest in New Hampshire?
Approaching exit 14 with more button copy!
exit 14. Notice the sign under the exit 14 sign to the bottom left. That is a sign directing motorists to the NH Drivers License center and the sign is made to look like an older NH license plate!
Approaching exit 13 with more button copy. Also notice the black border outside of the US 202 shield. Very New Jersey. Also, this road is currently being widened, so soon, all of these old signs are going to be replaced (DAMN!).
exit 13. Sorry for the slight blurriness, it was raining. Also, US 202 leaves the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16 and goes west toward Concord.
And approaching exit 12, which is told by the sign, is the last exit before the Rochester toll plaza. The route shield is not a square one, but rather a normal NH shield with a white background (the older ones). Still rare though and still button copy!
First real sign for the upcoming toll.
A look at the not yet opened southbound lanes for the turnpike. Currently, motorists to exit 12, go on that side and exit there. Also, there is one of the older signs too! It was moved over! Though, it may later get replaced. Zoom in for a better view. Also note there are two arrows!
Now back to toll signage (and modern signage =[ )
More toll signage. Also note the exact change sign. The Spaulding Turnpike is the only toll road in NH that still has exact change lanes on the mainline plaza's.
The rather small Rochester toll plaza.
A closeup of the toll sign with wires that can collapse and bring up a new sign. Never seen it done before. Also, if you zoom in, you can see that the toll signals are Crouse Hinds art decos!!!!!! Though, I took the photo for the sign, so that is why I have it off center (didn't know it was there when I took the shot).
Now entering the metro Dover, NH area.
approaching exit 9.
Honey, I think we are out of the lakes region! Now showing signs for the upcoming Dover business districts.
More exit 9, more metric, more services.
exit 9. Please, honestly, someone realign "Dover".
approaching exit 8.
Zoom in for a better view. Under the sign is a sign telling people to use exit 8E for the Dover train station.
exit 8E and approaching exit 7. Also note the small font in "DOWNTOWN". Looks like a little bit of a after thought.
Almost to exit 7 and it is the last exit before the Dover toll plaza. Also note in the pull through sign it just says "Portsmouth". It should have a Spaulding Turnpike and a NH 16 shield.
First real sign for the upcoming toll plaza. Yes, it was raining.
Approaching exit 6 aswell. Exit 6 is after the toll plaza, so don't be fooled and think its coming before it, so you don't have to pay the toll.
More toll signs.
Aswell as more exit 6. Where is the metric??
And here is the Dover toll plaza.
A zoom up of the toll sign and signal shows that it is a Crouse Hinds art deco!!! Also, its blue! Zoom in for a better lookee.
exit 6. What this sign doesn't tell you, is that here, its US 4 west. US 4 from here, joins with the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16.
Its true. By accessing exit 4, you can u-turn and head back north on the Spaulding Turnpike toward your missed destinations. The main reason this is also here, is because travelers from US 4 were forced to go onto the Spaulding Turnpike/NH 16 south, so now they can U-turn to where they want to go.
First sign for exit 4. The bridge right here crosses a straight between the Piscataqua River and the Great Bay.
Approaching exit 3. Notice the "LEFT EXIT 3" tab. Adding the word "LEFT" is now starting to become a NH standard. Also, by exiting here, you end up accessing the Newington-Portsmouth business district full of malls and stores.
The sign to the right is for travelers who don't want to exit and go toward I-95.
more exit 3 approach.
And, one last warning.
Past the exit 3 interchange, we pass a somewhat older unisign.
Approaching exit 1.
exit 1 which is the main access to the Pease International Tradeport and NH National Guard. Exit 1 BTW, used to be an at-grade intersection with traffic signals due to the proximity to the air force base. However, the base has closed, so now it has been transformed to a diamond interchange.
First real sign for the I-95 junction. For the northbound lanes...
...and for the southbound lanes.
Again, more wide sign bridge action.
Nice diagrammical signage for the upcoming split. What the sign doesn't tell you, is that it is not US 1, but rather by-pass US 1.
Exit 3A is on I-95, so this is a fair warning for travelers who missed the last exit.
The split. If you zoom in on the US 1 shield, you can see that about 1, is "BY-PASS". Finally, they got it.
And the physical split. US 4 and NH 16 continue south (to the left) for less than 1/2 a mile till they end at the Portsmouth traffic circle. The Spaulding Turnpike however, curves to the right and ends about a 1/2 mile up ahead where it merges with I-95. Here is an overhead view of the whole interchange: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=rochester,+nh&sll=44.044908,-71.673775&sspn=0.007403,0.019205&ie=UTF8&ll=43.073402,-70.782294&spn=0.015047,0.038409&t=h&z=15
The Spaulding Turnpike ends just a few feet ahead. These exits are for I-95.
Probably the widest sign bridge you'll ever see. I-95 just between exits 4 and 3A.
Closeup of the signs. I also have no idea what the sign is going to be on blank sign suspenders are supposed to be for, but it probably has something to do with the upcoming Hampton toll plaza.
...and exit 3B.
The first real sign for the upcoming Hampton toll plaza.
And also a sign for upcoming exit 2. Don't worry, exit 2 motorists do pay a toll, it is on the ramp of it.
More exit 2. NH 101 is a major road connection the seacost from Manchester. Also, looks like a lot of extra metal used on the sign.
more toll signage. and it always seems that when I am heading through this toll, there is another @#$%en toll increase!
a traffic advisory sign is needed because there is a lot of traffic going through here at times.
exit 2. Also another sign showing it having a lot of unnecessary metal (would never happen in NY :D). And also, the sign has a very small arrow.
Last signage for the toll with the toll plaza in the background.
Here is the Hampton toll plaza on I-95 going south.
A closeup of one of the E-ZPass lane signs. Also note that the yellow section in the toll signal is blanked out! Also, for the lanes that are always closed (as in, for the northbound lanes), the green and the yellow are blanked out! What a waist of signal heads!
I-95 south approaching the NH liquor store between exit 2 and 1 in Hampton. As I said before, gold on blue is not good visibility wise. Also, "OPEN SUNDAYS" is an interesting exit tab.
Another sign but this time without the open sundays tab.
The liquor store exit.
Here is a view of the specific liquor store.
Back on I-95 south, we approach exit 1.
exit 1. As if you couldn't tell, this is the last exit in NH going south.
Mounted on NH 107, this sign is for a Massachusetts exit (not to think the 286 is an error).
Heeeeeeyyy. What are Massachusetts style freeway signs doing in New Hampshire? The border is not till a few more feet, so whats up?
Here is a view of a typical NH suffixed route shield. Notice the suffix is UNDER the number! NHDOT at its best!