Speed Limit

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation plans to increase the speed limit on the Spaulding Turnpike from 55 to 65 mph between Dover and Rochester.

The new speed limit on the 10 mile stretch from Exit 9 in Dover to Exit 16 in Rochester will take effect starting Jan. 1.

The change comes after a study this year determined the limit could be raised following completion of the multi-lane, divided highway through Exit 16. State police weighed in on the new limit.

The speed limit will remain 55 mph south of Exit 9 and through the toll plaza in Rochester.

New Hampshire transportation officials are heading to Rochester this month to discuss raising the speed limit on a section of the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover.

Earlier this year, the state raised the speed limit to 70 along most of Interstate 93 from Canterbury north to the Vermont border. The Department of Transportation is now considering raising the limit from 55 to 65 mph north of exit 9 on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover. The state doesn't need approval from local communities, but transportation officials will meet with Rochester officials on Nov. 18 to discuss the idea.

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Now that state lawmakers have increased the speed limit on the northern stretch of I-93 to 70 miles per hour, a Manchester Republican wants to make that the limit on two other New Hampshire roadways.

North Country representatives were split on a bill that would raise the speed limit on parts of I-93 to 70 miles per hour.

As NHPR reported the bill - HB 146 - passed the House 292-65. It would allow 70 mph from Exit 18 north with the exception of a two-lane stretch through the Franconia Notch.

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Drivers would be able to go 70 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 93 north of Concord, N.H. under a bill headed to the Senate.