General Sullivan Bridge making progress

General Sullivan Bridge making progress

We all have been stuck in traffic crossing the Newington or Dover side of the General Sullivan Bridge.  Time for this project to get moving so I decide to research on it’s progress.  Things appear to be moving well with completion of the 8 lane rt. 16 highway and bridge due around 2019. The turnpike will feature eight lanes, four in each direction from Exit 3 up through the new Exit 6, and then will be reduced to six lanes, north and south. Funding for this massive project was provided mostly through the turnpike investment program.  However, more financing apparently still needs to be secured.  Project estimates around 212 million. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130521/NEWS09/130529895

A discussion point that is overlooked is what to do with the sound wall along Pomeroy Cove.  The project calls for a traditional wood sound wall along most of exit 3 and 6.  However, the initial project proposed a transparent sound wall along the scenic cove  preserving the beauty of the area.  Opponents argued that the transparent wall costs 4 times that of the traditional wood sound barrier.  Ultimately, we have 1 chance to get this right because we will be stuck with whatever structure appears for generations.  In my opinion, the transient wall (glass like sound barrier) is worth the extra cost.  Who wants a wooden wall blocking the scenic cove!  Lets not go cheap on something that is so obvious.