MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined Merrimack Valley area elected officials to break ground on a project to convert the Methuen Rotary, which connects I-93 with Routes 110 and 113, into a modern “partial cloverleaf” interchange that will simplify the network of streets ease congestion and enhance safety in the area.
“We are committed to investing in transportation improvements that support a growing economy across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval L. Patrick. “The Methuen Interchange Reconstruction project is an excellent example of this commitment and will benefit area residents and visitors for years to come.”
First built in 1959, the rotary interchange was designed to accommodate traffic volumes well beneath what exist today. As a result, traffic regularly backs up on Routes 110 and 113 as well as on I-93, causing delays and higher than normal crash rates.
“It’s well documented: this entire interchange has outgrown its efficiency, usefulness, and its reliability,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey. “This project’s design is a reflection of the needs and uses of today, and more importantly, will allow us to give everyone who for years have been waiting in a delay something back: their time.”
Beginning this month, the $66.4 million project will replace the rotary with two new ramps: one offramp from I-93 northbound and one onramp from I-93 southbound, both at exit 46. The ramps will join a realigned segment of Routes 110 and 113 that will allow for easier travel east and west through new traffic signals installed at two intersections.
In addition to reconfiguring the interchange, the project is also adding new features specifically designated for use by pedestrians and cyclists on Routes 110 and 113. Routes 110 and 113 will run in a new west-to-east alignment that, with the removal of the rotary, will provide a safer environment for the both modes of travel, while limiting the conflict points and controlling them with traffic signals and crosswalks. The project is expected to be complete in April 2018.
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