Transportation

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Don't expect school bus passengers in New Hampshire to be required to buckle up anytime soon.

A committee of state lawmakers studying a school bus seat belt requirement is not recommending any such legislation. The committee was formed in compliance with a House Bill that was signed into law in April.

“There’s just not a lot of data to support that an effort this massive is really going to help,” says Rep. Steven Smith, the committee's chairman.

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Commuter rail fans in New Hampshire received some good news recently. A private train company is offering to connect Nashua and Bedford to Lowell, Mass., with the promise that the towns won’t be on the hook beyond the costs of maintaining a station. If you’ve been following commuter rail issues in New Hampshire for the past two decades, this funding scenario may jog some memories.

New Hampshire residents will have a chance to weigh in on the state’s long-term transportation plan over the next two months.

Transportation officials will hold 19 public hearings across the state in September and October on what’s known as the ten-year plan.

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New Hampshire police are warning drivers to stay up to date on their vehicle registration after fining and towing the car of a woman who tried to cheese her vehicle registration with a supermarket cheese wrapper. Alexandria police commented on Facebook, saying they can't even file the incident under the "A for effort" category.

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Love them or hate them, roundabouts seem to elicit strong feelings among drivers.

Regardless of where you fall, the number of roundabouts here in the state is on the rise, which is why transportation officials want to make sure drivers know the rules when navigating them. 

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Governor Chris Sununu delivers his budget proposal to lawmakers this week. It’s the first step in a months-long journey to build a two-year spending plan that will affect nearly every aspect of life in New Hampshire.

To help you prepare for the months of headlines to come, NHPR reporters are highlighting areas of the budget that are likely to generate the most discussion.

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State transportation officials say they're not sure who put up the decal of an exotic dancer on a Route 101 west highway sign promoting local attractions.

It's not clear how long it was up there, but state Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton told the Union Leader it was taken down Sunday as soon as it was brought to the state's attention.

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It's NASCAR weekend in New Hampshire, and the state is expecting an influx of race fans over the weekend.

No Injuries In Plane Crash At Keene Airport

Jul 8, 2016
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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene. 

The FAA says the Piper PA 44 aircraft crashed into a ditch midday Thursday after landing on the airport's main runway.

  New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have launched a new system to provide drivers with real-time road and travel information.

The system, called New England Compass, pulls data from dispatchers, sensors, cameras and other sources to alert drivers to adverse road conditions throughout northern New England.

Drivers can visit a new website, NewEngland511.org, for updates.

Denise Markow of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says drivers can also set up customized alerts for their regular routes.

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  Amtrak officials say the Downeaster train line has improved its reliability this year, following delays and other issues in 2015. 

Work Crews Begin Another Phase Of I-93 Expansion

Jun 6, 2016

Another phase of the expansion of Interstate 93 begins today. 

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Rifles or ruffles? Guns or glitter? Today, themed gender reveal parties are a growing trend among expectant parents...how does all the fanfare over proclaiming an unborn child's sex fit into the evolving conversation about gender identity?     

Then, a new surprisingly accurate metric emerges for determining if a tech company's bubble is about to burst. It has nothing to do with stocks or quarterly earnings reports - the answer might be in your basement.

Bridge Work To Begin In Randolph And New Boston

May 16, 2016

The state begins several bridge repair projects this week. 

State Plans To Increase Road Paving Work In 2016

Apr 25, 2016
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 About 700 miles of New Hampshire highways will be repaved or maintained this year, according to the state Department of Transportation.

It's the third straight year the DOT has increased its paving work.

Memorial Bridge Inspection Planned For Tuesday

Apr 18, 2016
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  The Memorial Bridge will be closed to all traffic for part of the day Tuesday. 

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Manchester Boston Regional Airport is upgrading its terminal. 

Nashua Mayor Looks To Build Public Support For Rail

Mar 21, 2016
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  Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess is hosting an event tonight to highlight a proposed commuter rail service between southern New Hampshire and Boston. 

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New Hampshire gas prices have continued to drop in recent weeks, though they may start to slowly rise over the coming weeks. 

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Passenger rail advocates are holding a news conference today in Concord. They’re hoping the state will begin a planning process for a rail line between Manchester and Boston. 

State DOT To Repair Manchester Bridge Today

Feb 1, 2016
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  The state is planning bridge work today in Manchester. 

  State transportation officials are holding a public meeting this afternoon in Stewartstown about plans to replace a bridge on state Route 145. 

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  Two Democratic Executive Councilors are outlining a proposal they say could fund passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston.

Keene Adds Electric Car Charging Station

Nov 9, 2015
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The city of Keene has installed a new charging station for electric cars.

Passenger Rail Advocates To Hold Summit In Nashua

Oct 19, 2015
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Advocates for expanding passenger rail in southern New Hampshire are gathering in Nashua today.

The Regional Passenger Rail Summit will include presentations by federal, state and regional transportation officials about current projects and the economic impact of passenger rail systems.

Michael Izbicki, chair of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, says advocates are hoping more people will support rail as they hear about its potential benefits:

New Transportation Commissioner To Be Sworn In

Oct 19, 2015
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  Governor Maggie Hassan will swear in the state’s new Transportation Commissioner today.

Victoria Sheehan of Nashua served in a number of roles for the Massachusetts Department of transportation, most recently coordinating the highway division's five-year, $5 billion capital plan and $600 million annual operating budget.

The Executive Council confirmed Sheehan in September.

She succeeds Chris Clement, who stepped down as commissioner in December to take a position with the University of New Hampshire.

DOT Repair Work Will Close Plymouth Road This Week

Sep 28, 2015

The Department of Transportation will conduct road work in Plymouth this week.

DOT crews will conduct repairs on Fairground Road starting Tuesday morning.

The road will be closed to vehicles for up to four days from Welch Road west to US Route 3.

Following the repairs, the state says traffic on Fairground Road will run on one lane only. 

DOT Roadwork Set For Monday Night In Newington

Sep 21, 2015

The state Department of Transportation is planning work tonight in Newington.

Officials say crews will put up a new overhead sign structure on the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 4 and the Little Bay Bridge.

Work on the project is expected to take a single night. Crews will begin at about 9 pm, with temporary lane closures and rolling roadblocks in both directions possible until about 4 am Tuesday.

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The costs are in for repairing the sinkhole that opened up last month on northbound Interstate 93 in Concord.

The Concord Monitor reports the state’s cost for highway repairs comes to about $95 thousand dollars. The city of Concord is spending about $125 thousand dollars to fix its drainage system. The sinkhole opened after the collapse of a drainpipe underneath the road.

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New Hampshire E-ZPass customers now have more time to replace their old transponders before losing out on the discounted toll rate.

State transportation officials say those with non-working transponders will be charged the full rate after Nov. 1.

The department pushed back the original date of Sept. 1, after overwhelming customer response and long lines at the state’s three E-ZPass service centers.

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