Interstate 293 encircles Manchester west of I-93 and north of NH 101 from the town of Bedford. The freeway diverts traffic from Interstate 93, U.S. 3, and the F.E. Everett Turnpike along side the Merrimack River and Downtown Manchester.
The F.E. Everett Turnpike portion of Interstate 293 opened from NH 101 north to NH 3A (Queen City Avenue) in August 1955. I-293 between Queen City Avenue and the turnpike mainline along Interstate 93 followed with completion during August 1957.1
Originally, the east-west section of I-293 between the F.E. Everett Turnpike and I-93 was designated as Interstate 193. It opened in 1961 as part of the NH 101 upgrade planned between Manchester and the Seacoast. When Interstate 93 was completed to the east of Manchester in 1977, I-193 was renumbered as I-293 with the route extended north along the toll free portion of the Everett Turnpike through the city.2 The American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) approved the redesignation on July 13, 1976.