Everett Turnpike

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The Everett Turnpike, officially the Frederick E. Everett Memorial Turnpike is a tolled expressway that connects the Northwest Expressway (US-3) in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts with Interstates 89 and 393 in Concord, New Hampshire. Originally, the section of the turnpike north of Interstate 293 in Manchester was known as the Central New Hampshire Tollway and was tolled separately, however as of 2018 the two roads have been merged together as one system. The Everett Turnpike was built as a bypass of the Daniel Webster Highway, which still runs parallel and in some areas concurrent with the turnpike today. The turnpike uses an open-barrier tolling system, with two mainline plazas in Bedford and Hooksett, New Hampshire.

Route Description[edit]

Everett Turnpike highlighted in blue

The Everett Turnpike starts at the New Hampshire - Massachusetts state line, where it continues south into Massachusetts as the Northwest Expressway, which is not tolled. From the MA-NH state line, the Everett Turnpike interchanges with Spit Brook Road and its only spur route, the Circumferential Parkway. Additionally, about 1/4 mile north of the Spit Brook Road exit, the turnpike interchanges with the Daniel Webster Highway, which was the original method of traversing the western side of the Merrimack River before the turnpike was built. Although these are technically three separate exits, they are often referred to as one interchange since all three roads do intersect at a four-level stack, and collector/distributor lanes are present along the highway through all three exits.

North of Nashua, the Everett Turnpike passes through Merrimack, Litchfield, and Bedford. In Merrimack, ramp tolls are present at interchanges 10, 11, and 12, as these are the last three interchanges prior to the Bedford Toll Plaza and all three provide access to the Daniel Webster Highway, which is a toll-free road that parallels the turnpike. Therefore, traffic exiting or entering at these interchanges must pay a toll, albeit a reduced toll, in order to prevent “Shunpiking” - the act of deliberately avoiding mainline toll plazas.

North of interchange 12, the turnpike interchanges with the Raymond Wieczorek Memorial Bridge and Parkway, which connects the turnpike to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport over the Merrimack River. Immediately after, the turnpike encounters the Bedford Toll Plaza and a large interchange with Interstate 293, NH-101, NH-114, and the Daniel Webster Highway. This was the original terminus of the turnpike before being merged with the Central New Hampshire Tollway in 2018.

Circumferential Parkway[edit]

Existing section of the Circumferential Parkway highlighted in blue

The Circumferential Parkway is a short 2-mile spur of the Everett Turnpike that connects the turnpike at the Spit Brook Road/Daniel Webster Highway interchange to NH-3A on the east side of the Merrimack River. The parkway was originally designed to be a tolled beltway around the east side of Nashua, and reconnect with the Everett Turnpike at either exit 6 or 7. However, the beltway remains largely unbuilt, mostly due to public opposition. Many business owners in East Nashua feared that construction of the beltway would either result in the demolition of their businesses, or at least result in a significant drop in customers due to the fact that many people would not want to live or shop next to a busy and noisy freeway.

The 2-mile stub of the beltway that exists today remains toll-free, although there have been various plans to add an electronic toll collection gantry along the parkway, that would either read a vehicle’s EZ-PASS transponder or photograph their license plate and send a bill in the mail, which is often referred to as “Pay-by-Plate” tolling. However, this proposal has been rejected multiple times by both the general public and the state DOT.

Tolls[edit]

The Everett Turnpike has two mainline toll barriers along its 40-mile route - one in Bedford and the other in Hooksett. This means that the southernmost portion of the turnpike (south of Merrimack) is toll-free, although there have been various proposals, all of which have been rejected, to construct another toll barrier in Nashua.

Ramp tolls exist in Merrimack to prevent drivers from exiting or entering the turnpike immediately before or after the Bedford Toll Plaza, and therefore traveling on the turnpike toll-free. However, these ramp tolls charge a discounted toll rate for both cash and EZ-PASS users. A ramp toll also exists at the Hooksett Interchange for the same purpose.

Toll Plaza Location Car Cash Car EZ-PASS Truck Cash Truck EZ-PASS
Industrial Park Interchange Mile marker 10 $0.50 $0.25 $3.00 $1.50
Merrimack Interchange Mile marker 11 $0.50 $0.25 $3.00 $1.50
Bedford Road Interchange Mile marker 15 $0.50 $0.25 $3.00 $1.50
Bedford Mainline Mile marker 19 $2.00 $1.00 $6.00 $3.00
Hacket Hill Interchange Mile marker 29 $0.50 $0.25 $3.00 $1.50
Hooksett Mainline Mile marker 30 $2.00 $1.00 $6.00 $3.00