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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
November 28, 2017
Contacts:
Bill Boynton, Public Information Officer, 603-271-6495
Proposal to Increase Tolls for NH Turnpike Improvements
Accelerated Road and Bridge Work to Enhance Safety & Reduce Congestion
Public Hearing Set for December 4th In Portsmouth


The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has been directed by the Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) to prepare a toll increase proposal for Governor and Council consideration and approval at their December 6th meeting. The members of GACIT include the Executive Council and the NHDOT Commissioner. At a GACIT public meeting in Concord on November 22nd, the GACIT members discussed the need to accelerate major Turnpike Capital projects, recognizing a toll increase would be necessary for this to occur.

Therefore, the NHDOT has also been directed by GACIT to prepare a version of the next Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan (2019-2028) for New Hampshire that reflects an increase of the Turnpike System's toll rate structure.

Under the proposed new toll structure, passenger vehicles with NH E-ZPass would see a 35 cent increase in tolls at the Hampton, Hooksett, and Bedford Tolls, and an 18 cent increase at the Dover, Rochester, Hampton Side Tolls and Hooksett Ramp Tolls. Cash paying passenger vehicles would pay 50 cents more per toll transaction in Hampton, Hooksett, and Bedford, and an additional 25 cents per transaction in Dover, Rochester, and Hampton Side Tolls. The Merrimack Exit 10 and 11 ramps would see no initial change in the toll rates with the toll rates eliminated in April 2020.

GACIT's proposal includes a new toll rate structure and a frequent user/commuter plan for E-ZPass customers. This represents an approximate 27% increase in toll revenue, and would generate an estimated $36 million in additional toll revenue per year. This additional revenue would be directed towards improvements on the Turnpike System that would address congestion and safety issues along the 89 miles of turnpikes. It would speed up by several years the construction and completion of much-needed turnpike projects, including: Bow-Concord (I-93 widening from I-89 to I-393); Manchester (Exit 6 improvements and Everett Turnpike widening); Nashua-Bedford (Everett Turnpike widening); and Manchester (Exit 7 reconstruction). The toll increase would be paid by the users of the system. Approximately 54% ($19.6 million per year) would be paid by out-of-state users of the Turnpikes.

Additional benefits being considered by GACIT as they develop the Ten Year Plan include:

  • A frequent NH E-ZPass user plan that would allow for up to ten free trips (transactions) per month.
  • Extension of the Turnpike System in Concord from Exit 14 to the I-93 bridges over the Merrimack River, allowing over $200 million in future federal funds to be used elsewhere in New Hampshire for transportation projects.
  • An additional $36 million over ten years for priority soundwall locations

A GACIT public hearing on the proposed toll increase will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Portsmouth Public Library (Levenson Room), 175 Parrott Avenue, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, beginning at 6:00 pm. For those unable to attend, written comments can also be addressed to:

William E. Watson
Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
7 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 483
Concord, NH  03302-0483
bill.watson@dot.nh.gov

For more information on the Ten Year Plan, and the proposal for changes to the toll structure on the NH Turnpike System, visit https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/index.htm.






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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