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New Hampshire Route 123 (abbreviated NH 123) is a long secondary north–south state highway in southwestern New Hampshiremarker. The southern terminus of the route is at the Massachusettsmarker state line in Masonmarker where, as Valley Road, the road continues as an unnumbered local road in the town of Townsendmarker. The northern terminus, as signed, is at the Vermontmarker border, where NH 123 continues west for a half-mile to U.S. Route 5 as Vermont Route 123. Route logs, however, place the terminus at New Hampshire Route 12 in Walpolemarker.

In Walpole, NH 123 departs Whitcomb Road and turns south onto NH 12 to run north–south alongside the Connecticut River, the water body that represents the border between New Hampshire and Vermontmarker. One point of interest is that for the entire length of the NH 12/NH 123 concurrency, NH 123 south is, in reality, heading north on the compass while NH 123 north is traveling to the south.

History

NH Route 123 heading northbound
In October 2005, heavy flooding in the New Hampshire area forced the closure of NH 123 in two different spots. The first was at the intersection of NH 123 and Cold River Road, approximately five miles from the beginning of NH 123 in New Hampshiremarker, where a bridge was destroyed from high water in the Cold Rivermarker. The second closure was approximately three miles from New Hampshire Route 123A in the town of Alsteadmarker where a section of roadway was completely washed away by the water. Both sections have since been rebuilt and reopened.

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