History was made today, just moments ago.
For the first time in history, I used the newly opened Manchester Airport Access Road, apparently known to civilization as Raymond Wieczorek Drive.
Those familiar with this blog undoubedly know that I live only four or five houses from where the access road intersects with Brown Ave near the Merrimack River.
In using the access road, I will undoubtedly save three or four minutes each trip. I calculated the number of traffice lights for me is reduced from four (or five depending on which way one used to go) to just one. I haven't run a milage comparisn, but I suspect it'll be about the same.
The access road simply takes me across the river and northward rather than heading northward after traveling 3.5 miles up Brown Ave in the past.
Thus comes that question. Is this worth the hundred plus million dollars we spent on it?
In all honesty, I'd have to say no. When the access road was first considered 20 years ago, there was indeed a problem with back-ups on Brown Ave, but in the past decade, much of that problem was alleviated with the reconfiguation of Brown Ave near the airport entrance (when the church was taken and road direction actually changed).
In recent years, traffic on Brown Ave has really not been a problem. Now I suppose it will be virtually non-existent, to the extent that I hear businesses are actually afraid they'll lose customers.
C'est la vie.
It reminds me of when I was in college at Plymouth in the early 70s and folks in the Thornton/Woodstock area (the Jack o Lantern for instance) were concerned that they'd lose business as I93 bypassed them.
I assume they survived as will the businesses along Brown Ave.
For the extra few minutes a day for me and thousands of others, I suppose we should be thankful, but it's really something I would have been willing to sacrifice for the public good of having an extra $100 million plus to spend elsewhere.
Kind of like Van's misunderstood vans!