Turnpike paving to cause delays

BEDFORD – Drivers can expect long delays on the F.E. Turnpike this week, with paving work continuing as part of the Manchester Airport Access Road project.

The paving will be concentrated around the Bedford tolls and could last up to two weeks, said Chuck Flanders, contract administrator for the state Department of Transportation’s Construction Bureau.

He said the paving will happen northbound and southbound for about a mile on each side of the tolls.

Flanders anticipates about four to six days of paving and two to three additional days of line striping. Depending on weather, he said, motorists could be facing delays on that section of the highway for about two weeks.

The state’s contract dictates that two lanes must be open before 9 a.m., Flanders said, and the same is true after noon Fridays. But during the week, midday traffic is expected to be high.

“Between 9 and 3, lots of times we’ll be down to one lane,” Flanders said.

State officials encourage travelers to seek alternate routes until the work is finished.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com.