I GREW UP AS AN EXIT 4 kid (East Dunstable Road/FAA Center) and have always gotten around my city via the well-known exit numbers along the FE Everett Turnpike, like Exit 5W to head to church, Exit 1 to Spitbrook Road, Exit 8 (Somerset Parkway) west to Amherst-Milford, etc.
It seemed simple enough for me and many Nashuans who were brought up with this signage style.
In a recent social media tweet, Gov. Sununu also expressed his fondness for exit numbers.
“I don’t know about you, but I love the fact that I grew up as an Exit 3 kid in Salem. Exit numbers are a point of pride for some of us in NH — and we shouldn’t let Washington bureaucrats threaten to take that away!” Hashtag, #MyNHExit.
The governor also sent a photo to Twitter posing beside his vehicle with an Exit 3 sticker on the rear window.
I’m on board with Sununu and pleased he’s standing firmly against a proposal to change the way New Hampshire’s highway exits are numbered.
Hey, as the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I’m not against innovation, but I don’t like it when the federal bureaucracy tries messing with stuff that doesn’t need to be messed with. But there could be consequences if we don’t switch to the new method of renumbering New Hampshire exits by mile marker instead.
The Granite State could be punished by losing federal highway money, and with that little incident in my city a few weeks ago, well, it gets you thinking how important highway maintenance truly is.
For example, a piece of concrete fell from the Route 111 bridge over the southbound side of the highway near Exit 5 in Nashua on Nov. 19, closing two southbound lanes. Thank goodness no was injured and no vehicles were hit.
Thank you to the state trooper on the ball who was performing his normal patrol when he noticed a piece of loose concrete sitting on the left-hand lane of the roadway.
Bridge inspectors from the Department of Transportation headed to the scene and discovered that water had leaked through cracks on the bridge, causing the steel to rust and expand. Eventually, the concrete broke off.
The next day, the DOT shut down the lanes on both sides of the Everett Turnpike for several hours to conduct testing. The department concluded that the bridge and highway were safe for drivers.
Gov. Sununu also makes two good points against the proposed exit number changes to the mile marker method:
New Hampshire receives the lowest level of federal highway funding of any state (and mile markers are also posted here).
Despite the federal funding, New Hampshire would still get slapped with a $1 million bill to change the signage system.
The “Exit 3 kid” told the media: “We’re gonna put up a fight on this one.”
Let’s hope the governor can score a knock-out win.