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The Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance (P&CA), provides technical, financial, assistance to communities, Regional Planning Commissions (RPC’s), and other Department divisions and State agencies. P&CA is broken down into two main business areas: Transportation Systems Management and Community Assistance. P&CA provides services and assistance in the following areas:

  • Transportation Systems Management
    • Asset Information
      P&CA maintains and provides aerial images of towns, detail state and local road information, maps of NH’s transportation system, bridge inspection reports documenting the condition of municipally-owned bridges, crash data mapping and other related transportation data to the public and any other customers.
    • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
      NHDOT has formally adopted and is incorporating the context sensitive solutions process into defining problems and their solutions on NH’s transportation system. The process can result in short-term or long-term improvements. Working with the communities to understand their goals for future land use and the relationship to the transportation system is critical to the process. P&CA Project Managers are responsible for two CSS pilot projects in Meredith and Dublin and participate in the CSS Peer Exchange group. Five bureau staff have attended CSS training.
    • GIS Mapping Tools
      P&CA implemented a new Web based route log system in 2006 that allows users to view roadway feature information. Additional GIS tools are being developed to make Internet based mapping services more available to Department and external customers.
    • Program and Project Reporting
      P&CA provides general and detailed financial and project related information to a number of internal and external customers in many formats (including reports, brochures and maps).  Staff track and assist in the preparation of the Ten Year Transportation Improvement Program, STIP and other related documents and ensure that all related programs meet all necessary regulations in a timely manner.
    • Statewide Planning and Research (SPR) Special Studies
      P&CA administers federal funds for planning related studies. Ten studies were selected in FY 2006. The projects selected include corridor studies/access management plan developments of NH 25 in Center Harbor and Marlborough, NH 120 in Lebanon and Hanover, South Willow Street in Manchester, US 3 through Allenstown, Pembroke and Hooksett, and NH 125 through Lee, Barrington and Rochester. In addition, other projects selected include a regional safety plan, land use inventory, underwriting of a regional comprehensive transportation plan and regional bicycle/pedestrian work.
    • Statewide Transportation/Ten-Year Improvement Program Record Management System (STTIP-RMS)
      Each state is responsible for developing a statewide transportation improvement program for all areas of the state. The program contains a list of priority transportation projects and covers a period of four years. The STIP is updated every two years in concert with the Department's Ten Year Plan.
    • System Performance Reports
      P&CA is responsible for preparing data and other information used by Congress, FHWA and others in reporting the condition of our Nation’s transportation system and in calculating funding levels for states. Data P&CA provides is related to the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) and local funding and fuel/safety related data.
    • Technical Assistance
      NHDOT provides technical assistance to municipalities on issues involving state and municipal-owned transportation systems including its connection to land use. At the request of a municipality, technical teams visit the community to help define the problems and potential solutions. Members include NHDOT bureaus such as P&CA, Highway Design, Bridge Design, Bridge Maintenance, and Highway Maintenance as well as the nine RPC’s.
  • Community Assistance
    • Funding Assistance to Communities
      NHDOT has several Federal and State programs for funding improvements to local transportation systems, many of them municipally managed that are overseen by P&CA. Municipal management provides the municipalities the ability to lead and develop the scope and timeframe of the project subject to funding availability and program guidelines. Programs funded in FY 2006 include:
      • Transportation Enhancement (TE)
      • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ)
      • State Aid Bridge (SAB)
      • State Aid Highway (SAH)
      • Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
      • STP-Urban
      • Block Grant Aid
    • Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
      FHWA and NHDOT fund the LTAP program that is provided by the Technology Transfer Center (T2C) at the University of New Hampshire. The LTAP program provides training programs for local officials responsible for transportation systems, asset management programs, and technical assistance. LTAP will be managing the LTAP Exchange, a GIS-based comprehensive asset management system. LTAP provides support to the Public Works Mutual Aid program and the New Hampshire Public Works and Engineers Association.
    • I-93 Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP)
      NHDOT is committed to a five-year comprehensive Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) to support a region of 26 towns and cities that are in the area influenced by the reconstruction of Interstate 93. As part of this comprehensive growth management initiative, NHDOT is interested in engaging the public and a wide range of stakeholders including local governments, the non-governmental sector, and state and regional governmental agencies. P&CA staff provides technical support to the CTAP public sessions, CTAP Steering Committee and four Working Groups.
    • Long Range Transportation Business Plan (LRTBP)
      In 2004, the NH Charitable Foundation and NHDOT created the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee then developed New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation citizen’s transportation plan, which has drawn attention from transportation planners and activists across the country. P&CA staff provides support to the CAC.
    • Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
      Encouraging students to walk or ride bicycles to school is the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS). The program is designed for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including students with disabilities, who live within approximately two miles of school. P&CA works with local schools, municipalities, Regional Planning Commissions, and advocacy organizations to implement the federally funded national initiative. New Hampshire will receive $1 million per year for five years to pay for projects as varied as bicycle and pedestrian safety courses to sidewalk construction and repair.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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