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Thu October 24, 2013
House Committee Rejects Bill To Remove Merrimack Toll Booth
A House committee has voted unanimously to reject the latest effort to remove at least one of the toll booths along the F.E. Everett Turnpike exit ramps in Merrimack.
The 15-0 vote came during a Public Works and Highways committee meeting on Wednesday.
Former Senate President Peter Bragdon sponsored the bill, which would have removed the ramp tolls at Exit 12.
But committee members say the issue should instead be discussed as part of the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan.
The committee’s recommendation will go before the full House during its session next year.
The town has had toll booths at all three of its exits for nearly 25 years.
The state installed them to pay off the bond used to build new exits giving the town greater access to the highway.
Merrimack officials and those representing the town in Concord have long argued for removing the tolls, but those efforts have failed.
State transportation officials say closing the Exit 12 ramp tolls would mean a roughly $500,000 drop in revenue.