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5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

The ET Plus Dilemma: Whether Many Of The State's Guardrails Pose A Danger

As many as 25 percent of the end posts used in New Hampshire are the ET Plus models shown here. All units, regardless of manufacturer, are marked in yellow and black.
Credit Courtesy of Trinity Industries

Whizzing along New Hampshire’s highways, most drivers probably don’t give much thought to those square black and yellow plates on the end of guardrails – called end plates. But there’s a concern that one of the models used in New Hampshire and many other states could be dangerous.

The worry is that, instead of guiding an errant vehicle away from danger as they are meant to do, the guardrail may pierce the passenger compartment and skewer its occupants.

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11:14 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Paving Work To Begin On U.S. Route 1 In Portsmouth

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is doing night paving work associated with a reconstruction project at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and the U.S. Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth.  The work is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.  The department says drivers traveling through the work zone during these time periods should anticipate traffic shifts and possible alternating traffic during overnight hours.  Uniformed officers and flaggers will guide motorists through the work zone.

NH News
4:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tiny Windham Brook Is A Roadblock In I-93 Widening Project

By the time the water reaches here it has already flowed under the highway. Next it goes under a large parking lot before pouring into Cobbetts Pond.
Ryan Lessard NHPr

The widening of I-93 is without doubt a massive public works project. It’s also been a massive political issue. But its full build-out may end up being blocked by a tiny brook.

Driving south on I-93 in Windham, you won’t miss the fifty-foot wall of granite dwarfing the backhoes that chip away at it.

But what you won’t see from the road is a small stream known as Dinsmore Brook. Concerns over its water quality have been threatening to reduce the width of the road from four lanes to three.

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10:51 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Lane Closures On I-293 In Manchester As Part Of Widening Project

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says temporary night closures are planned on Interstate 293 in Manchester, both northbound and southbound, near Exit 4 for drainage installation across the highway.  The lane closures are scheduled to take place from Tuesday, May 27, through Saturday, June 7, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, excluding the weekend. The interstate will have one open lane at all times in each direction. The improvements are necessary to accommodate construction of a third lane on I-293 southbound.

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NH News
10:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Rail Study Group Expects 3,000 Riders Daily Between Manchester and Boston

Concord to Boston.
courtesy NH DOT and URS Corp

New details released by the Capitol Corridor rail study group during a public hearing Wednesday night point toward higher ridership than expected.

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The Exchange
1:27 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

DOT Commissioner, Chris Clement

Credit nh.gov/dot

A lot of government officials like to speak up about what they’ve accomplished, but our guest today, Christopher Clement, has been speaking up for what he has not been able to do. For the last two and a half years, Clement has served as New Hampshire’s Transportation commissioner, and during that time he’s expressed his frustration over numbers that he says speak for themselves. The department is paving 200 fewer miles of roads each year, there are 145 “red-listed” bridges and nearly 40% of our roads are considered in poor condition.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Easy Trip For Monday Commuters Despite Weekend Storm

The season’s first major storm this weekend dumped snow across the state, with accumulations ranging from six inches to more than a foot.  But despite a tough weekend, it should be a relatively easy trip for Monday morning commuters. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement

We sit down with New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement.  It’s been a busy summer for him.  He’s overseen the celebrated opening of the Memorial Bridge…and continues to search for money…to complete the widening of I-93.  Meanwhile, there’s talk of freight rail expansion in the North Country…and new passenger airline service coming to the Seacoast. 


  • Christopher Clement - Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
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NH News
8:01 am
Wed February 27, 2013

NH DOT Braces For Next Storm

A plow makes its way down Elm street in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Just days after digging out of one snow storm, New Hampshire is bracing for another.

When a snow storm hits, the NH DOT has to prep its equipment, schedule additional trucks and drivers, and ensure there’s enough salt and sand to treat icy roads.

That gets expensive.

But NH DOT spokesperson Bill Boynton says the highway department is still under-budget for snow removal this year:

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NH Department of Transportation Launches 'Driving Toward Zero' Campaign

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation wants to see the number of traffic fatalities go to zero.

The department is partnering with other state agencies, organizations, and businesses to create the ‘New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero Coalition.’ The coalition launched the ‘Driving Toward Zero’ campaign today.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner, Chris Clement, says he’s often asked whether an effort to reduce accident fatalities to zero is even possible.  

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NH News
10:53 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Timeline: History Of The Memorial Bridge And Events Leading To Its Replacement

After a history of closures, repairs and re-openings which mottle its 88-year lifespan, the Memorial Bridge replacement project has begun. The bridge which crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine, is set for completion as early as July, 2013.

The "float-out", which is the removal of the lift span and the first stage of demolition, is scheduled for today.

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