BY: Citizens Count
On Thursday, May 23 the New Hampshire House and Senate passed HB 2018, the ten-year transportation improvement plan.
About HB 2018
Every two years the Department of Transportation works with Regional Planning Commissions and the Executive Council to draft a ten-year plan for transportation infrastructure improvement, maintenance, and repair. The Legislature revised and approved that plan through HB 2018.
HB 2018 includes the following:
- Authorization for the Department of Transportation to pursue all-electronic tolling, similar to the tolling system in Massachusetts
- A new committee to study removing the tolls on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack
- Other various road and bridge construction projects
Not included in HB 2018
The Legislature voted to remove a commuter rail study from HB 2018.
HB 2018 also does not include any toll increase. In late 2017 the Department of Transportation proposed a toll increase of 18 to 50 cents to fund turnpike improvements.
Gov. Chris Sununu has indicated he will sign HB 2018 into law.
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