Transportation

NH News
7:08 am
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H.'s Gas Tax Increase: Where Your Money Is Going

As you're paying more at the pump today, you may be wondering where all that extra money is going.

New Hampshire's 4.2 cent increase to the state's gas tax goes into effect July 1.

The increase, the first since 1991, is expected to generate an additional $32 million annually for the state's Department of Transportation.

The legislation that enacted the increase mandates that 42 percent of that money go towards bonding for the widening of Interstate 93.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tentative Agreement On 10-Year Highway Plan Reached

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Legislative negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a 10-year highway plan for New Hampshire.

The House and Senate still must vote on Friday's agreement, which is one of two measures aimed at making needed highway improvements. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a 4-cent increase on the gas and diesel tax into law this week. Tax proceeds will pay $200 million of the $250 million needed to finish expanding Interstate 93 from the Massachusetts border to Manchester.

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News Primer
4:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban

Credit Sara Plourde

Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or stopped in traffic.

The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.

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The Sidebar
11:41 am
Tue April 15, 2014

News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban

Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or stopped in traffic.

The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Distracted Driving In N.H.

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The legislature looks at limits on texting and talking while behind the wheel.  We’re looking at the current bill in New Hampshire, and some of the research and debate on this issue nationally.

GUESTS:

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Gearing Up For Another Gas Tax Debate

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New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement has long pointed out that when it comes to our infrastructure, we’re not doing too well. Nearly 40% of the state’s roads are considered in poor condition, and almost one hundred and fifty bridges are red listed. Although Clement remains ‘revenue agnostic’ over where the funding comes from, others have a clear idea: raising the gas tax, which hasn’t been raised in New Hampshire in over twenty years.  Supporters say this would be the most comprehensive and fair solution.

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax

Granite State motorists are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, which means they’re buying less gas. Motorists purchased almost 60 million fewer gallons of gas in 2012 than they did in 2005. That translated into an $11 million decrease in revenue.
Credit Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau

A year after failing to agree on how to pay for a long list of road and bridge improvements, lawmakers will take another shot at bolstering the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure this session.

Several bills are on the table, including one that would channel proceeds from a casino into the state’s highway fund.

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The Exchange
12:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

N.H. Roads: How Did We Get Here?

New Hampshire is in one of the most costly parts of the country for winter road maintenance. Plowing costs often eat at paving budgets.
Credit NHDOT

As discussed on The Exchange this morning, the state legislature is gearing up once again for a debate about raising the gas tax. One big issue behind the debate is the deteriorating state of New Hampshire's roads.

Here is a look back at some reporting on the issue by Emily Corwin last spring, including this video explainer, and below, five reasons our roads are deteriorating.

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Newscast
7:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Icy Roads Lead To Accidents, Road Closures

Some areas of New Hampshire are dealing with icy road conditions, as freezing rain continues through the morning.

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NH News
10:24 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Spaulding Turnpike's Exit 3 Closing For Two Weeks In January

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it will close the Spaulding Turnpike Exit 3 southbound off-ramp in Newington for two weeks in January.

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NH News
3:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Merrimack Town Councilors Vote In Favor Of Suing State Over Toll Booths

This toll booth catches drivers as they get on the F.E. Everett Turnpike heading south from Merrimack. There are similar toll booths at the other two exit ramps in town.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Town councilors in Merrimack have voted in favor of pursuing a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to get relief from toll booths.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

House Committee Rejects Bill To Remove Merrimack Toll Booth

The toll booth at the Exit 11 ramp getting onto the F.E. Everett Turnpike heading south in Merrimack.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement

We sit down with New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement.  It’s been a busy summer for him.  He’s overseen the celebrated opening of the Memorial Bridge…and continues to search for money…to complete the widening of I-93.  Meanwhile, there’s talk of freight rail expansion in the North Country…and new passenger airline service coming to the Seacoast. 

Guest:

  • Christopher Clement - Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
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NH News
11:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Video - N.H. Roads: How We Got Here

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?

NHPR's newsroom answers those questions in this animation:

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement

Today, we sit down  with the Department of Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement, covering everything from road and toll projects to ways of funding transportation improvements and taking a look at what Commissioner Clement hopes to accomplish in 2013.

Guest:

Christopher Clement - Commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation

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