Commuters rejoice!  The Spaulding Turnpike has finally opened two-way access between Dover and Durham along Route 4.  According to Fosters.com, the Spaulding Turnpike project was started in 2010 to the tune of $230 million dollars to widen the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 1 in Newington to Exit 6 in Dover.  This added travel lanes both north and south an included construction of new bridges over the Piscataqua River, the creation of a new Exit 3 to Woodbury Avenue and Pease International Tradeport.  It also included a complete reconfiguration of Exit 6 and the creation of a roundabout to replace lights at the base of the Scammell Bridge in Dover.

This will all take some getting used to for commuters but it’s certainly a step in the right direction for the project for which is slated for completion in October of 2020.  Experts are monitoring the traffic signal timing which will differ during the day to accommodate peak traffic times.

 Fosters.com reports that still to come are the finishing touches on the roundabout and the slip ramp for Route 4 traffic to get southbound on the Turnpike.  It all seems like a step in the right direction to help commuters and ease congestion, but progress takes time and adjusting.  Take care to observe the new traffic patterns.