Slick roads eyed for holiday
"If you can, leave Tuesday, especially if you're heading south," said Tom Hawley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. "Right now, our best guess is rain or snow on Wednesday, depending on the exact track. Hopefully, it will miss us completely."
Meanwhile, state police are warning motorists to stay sober while behind the wheel.
Drivers heading south on Interstate 93 should take note of construction.
Construction crews plan to work on the southbound Exit 2 off-ramp in Salem on Tuesday night. The work is part of the ongoing 20-mile highway improvement and expansion project.
The work of painting stripes on the new ramp and removing barriers is weather-dependent and can be expected to take a few hours.
Southbound through-traffic has been using the temporary bridge since it opened two weeks ago. Once all traffic has been rerouted onto the temporary bridge, workers will remove the existing bridge - one of the last red-listed bridges in the highway corridor - and build a new one.
Motorists are asked to be alert while traveling through the area.
The I-93 Salem-to-Manchester Expansion Improvement Project began in 2005. The $770 million project spans more than 20 miles from the Massachusetts border to the Interstate 293 split in Manchester.
The project involves expanding the corridor to three lanes each way while providing the footprint to add a fourth lane if needed in the future.
So far, the expanded three-lane highway is open to southbound traffic from Exit 2 to the Massachusetts line.
By 2016, all north and southbound lanes of the expanded highway should be open from the state line to Exit 3 in Windham - a distance of about eight miles. This would mark the completion of the southern tier of the project. The rest of the project has a scheduled completion date of 2020 contingent on continued funding.
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