Frequently Asked Questions

NH Route 108 Dover-Somersworth-Rochester 29604

Question 1. What is this project all about?

This project involves the study of improvements to NH Route 108 from the intersection of NH Route 9/Indian Brook Drive in Dover to Innovation Drive in Rochester, a distance of approximately 5 miles. Localized improvements have been made in recent decades but safety and mobility issues remain a concern.

The objective of the project is to develop a design that will improve the safety and mobility of all users by applying ‘Complete Street’ principles with the central goal of achieving an appropriate balance between the needs of motorized, non-motorized, and transit users of the corridor. 

Question 2. What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They can also allow buses to run more on time.

Question 3. What does a Complete Street look like?

There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its community context. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more. 

Click this link to view numerous examples of Complete Streets from around the U.S.

Question 4. Who is involved in the project from the three cities?

The three cities of Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester, in cooperation with the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, have formed a Route 108 Tri-City Complete Streets working group to provide local perspective on the needs within the corridor.  This working group will help define the project’s purpose and need and guide the alternatives analysis as the project moves forward.

Question 5. How can the public get involved?

Members of the public are encouraged to become involved.  There will be numerous public meetings and other activities such as walking tours throughout the project. Check the website for schedule updates.

Question 6. When will construction start?

Construction is proposed to start in 2022. This date could change based on financial constraints and priorities for the available funding. The NHDOT is working towards meeting this schedule.