In 2014 the NH House and Senate approved a plan to raise the Road Toll by 4.2 cents per gallon and apply the money raised to the I-93 Expansion, and critical road and bridge projects across the State. The plan is working and the NHDOT is making great progress.
This page updated April 10, 2017.
Senate Bill 367 raises approximately $34M per year - Where does the money go?
Most of the money has gone, or will be going directly to:
- Resurfacing projects in 228 locations (totaling more than 650 miles) during CY 2014, 2015, and 2016. $12M/year of SB 367 funding will be dedicated in 2017-2025 to annually resurface approximately 200 miles of the State's poor and very poor roads. A GIS-based Online Viewer provides additional information on each project.
- 23 "Red Listed" bridge projects.
- I-93 Expansion Projects 14633B, 14633D, 14633H, and 14633I.
This document lists all of the bridge projects by Town and includes costs and schedule information.
Some of money has gone to pay debt service on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan. What is TIFIA?
The following "Flow of Funds" explains this in more detail.
|Per RSA 235:5 and Apportinment (RSA 260:23), 12% of the preceding fiscal year revenues go into this program. Approximately $4M per year.|
|TIFIA Debt Service||Interest only ranging from $0.3M to $2.2M from 2016-2025, and principal and interest payments of $23M from 2026-2034.|
|State Aid for Municipal Bridges||$6.8M from 2016 to 2034.|
|TIFIA Pledge Paving and Bridge Repair||Ranging from $15.2M to $22.6M from 2016 to 2025.|
Budgetary Estimates with the TIFIA financing are provided in this document.
Enacted into law in 2014, Senate Bill 367 addressed several important transportation issues. It eliminated certain ramp tolls on the Everett Turnpike; it established a committee to study the effectiveness of the NHDOT; and it raised the road toll (gas tax) by 4.2 cents per gallon to pay for the widening of Interstate I-93 and other critical road and bridge projects across the state. This is the first increase in New Hampshire's state road toll since 1991 and became effective on July 1, 2014. The tax and program will end in 2034.
Projects include reconstruction and resurfacing of secondary roadways, bridge repairs on DOT owned bridges, municipal bridges, and Interstate 93. For specific information on the I-93 projects under construction please review the fact sheets for each project: 14633B, 14633D, 14633H, and 14633I.
The program is expected to generate approximately $34M per year in revenue starting in Fiscal Year 2015. Known formally as the “road toll” this increased revenue from motor fuel sales will be dedicated to infrastructure investments.
New revenues will fund
work on red-listed
In 2016 the NHDOT secured a low interest rate loan (1.09%) from the US Department of Transportation which leverages the SB 367 funds to advance paving and bridge work. A $200M loan under the TIFIA program is being used to fund construction of four I-93 Projects: 14633B, 14633D, 14633H, and 14633I.
|City - Town - Bridge||Project #||Year in Construction||Amount||# of Bridges|
|Tamworth - NH Route 113 bridge over the Bear Camp River.||16239||FY17 & FY18 Construction||$4,570,000||1|
|Acworth - NH Route 123A bridge NH 123A over Bowers Brook.||16301||FY18 Construction||$1,650,000||1|
|Ossipee* - NH Route 16 bridges (3) over the Bear Camp & Lovell Rivers.||14749||FY19 & FY20 Construction||$9,460,000||3|
|Lancaster-Guildhall - US Route 2 bridge over the Connecticut River.||16155||FY19 & FY20 Construction||$8,770,000||1|
|Claremont||27691||FY22 & FY23 Construction||$7,130,000||1|
|New Boston||27729||FY25 Construction||$1,290,000||1|
Gov. Maggie Hassan
signed SB 367 into law
during a ceremony on
May 20, 2014.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the bill into law during a ceremony on May 20, 2014.
“Our bipartisan transportation funding bill is the most significant state-level investment in transportation infrastructure in 23 years. This legislation is an important step toward addressing our transportation needs, keeping New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by advancing critical road and bridge projects, finishing the long-overdue expansion of I-93 and improving commutes for our workers and visitors.”
Full legislation can be found here: Senate Bill 367 Legislation
Road paving projects will
affect regions from the
North Country to southern
The following documents were provided to the House Public Works and Highways Committee by the Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office (LBAO) during deliberations:
- Summary of financial analysis for the House Public Works Committee Note: In the final approved version, the cost to remove the Exit 12 ramp tolls on the Everett Turnipke in Merrimack is $0.6 million.
- Detailed analysis for the House Public Works Committee
- Preliminary estimates of Municipal Block Grant aid increases. Increased Block Grant amounts are calculated by the formula identified in RSA 235:23, which is based on a municipality's share of population and local roadway mileage.