Visitors coming to New Hampshire this Fourth of July weekend via interstate 93 likely noticed the redevelopment of the new rest-stop facilities in Hooksett is moving quickly. According to the Department of Transportation, construction at the rest-area is about three to four months ahead of schedule.
“The Northbound facility is targeting an early September 2014 date for opening of the liquor and wine outlet store, the convenience store, restrooms and interim tourist accommodations,” says DOT spokesman Bill Boynton, “Southbound facilities are targeting similar date later in September.”
A full opening will take place at a yet to be determined date after that, but almost certainly before the original opening scheduled for April of 2015. When completed the rest-areas will also house a diner, sit-down restaurant, deli, and coffee and breakfast shops, on each side of the highway in two 36,000 square foot buildings.
The Hooksett rest areas have remained open throughout construction, and recently food-trucks have been providing motorists with dining options at the site.