New Hampshire

Interstate 95 Reopens Near Portsmouth, NH After Downed Wires Force Closure

Interstate 95 was closed in both directions near Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after a power line fell across the highway around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The highway closed at exit 3 after a broken utility pole resulted in downed wires, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

It appears that the weight of the snow caused the pole to snap, however thei incident is still under investigation. 

NHDOT said I-95 was reopened around 10:30 a.m.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Motorists were urged to seek alternate routes if possible. Traffic was diverted via routes 101, 33, 1 and the Spaulding Turnpike. 

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Many smaller roads across New England are also impassable due to downed trees and power lines. In Massachusetts alone, roads are closed in Acton, Amesbury, Concord, Haverhill, Norfolk and Wareham.

Speeds on the Massachusetts Turnpike had been reduced to 40 mph but all speed restrictions have now been lifted.

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