Toll Update

Dear NHMTA Membership:

Most all of you have been following the toll increase in the media.

Last week I sent an email out requesting our membership attend a hearing in Portsmouth at the public library on Monday night to help oppose the unnecessary increase. On behalf of our Association, I want to thank the following companies for taking their time to appear at the hearing and support the Association’s position in opposing the proposed toll increase of over 36 million in new revenue a year. They are: Associated Grocers of New England, Ross Express, Wal-Mart Transportation, M&S Logistics, Pinard Waste, Eagle Express/Warehousing, City Fuel, Dead River Company and R&M Freight. We would also like to recognize Rockingham Oil, Bridges Brothers and J & F Farms for their written comments.

In addition to our opposition, NH Senate President, Chuck Morse, appeared in strong opposition to this proposal. He exposed the process which was flawed. There had been no public hearing on this proposal in the previous twenty-three Governor Advisory Council on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT)meetings held throughout the state of New Hampshire this past year. Senator Morse pointed out the email that went out to the five Executive Councilors who oversee the setting of toll rates was sent out at 10:00pm the Wednesday evening, the day before Thanksgiving. The perception being there was a coordinated effort to pass a massive tax increase on to the New Hampshire citizens with no legislative oversight and in the dark of the night. Senator Morse said he would not support this effort. His comments were echoed by Senator Birdsell (Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee), Senator Avard and Senator Sanborn.

I also must point out that the Union Leader played a prominent role in exposing this attempted toll increase.

Yesterday, Governor Sununu removed the toll proposal from the Governor and Council’s agenda for today’s meeting at the request of the NH Department of Transportation. I believe there will be additional public meetings set up in each Councilor’s district. This toll proposal may show up again at a future Governor and Council meeting or it may be gone for good. If there are additional meetings we will need to show up in opposition or run the risk of facing an unnecessary toll increase.

Please remember the three Executive Councilors currently in support of this toll increase are, Councilor Russell Prescott, Andru Volinsky and Christopher C. Pappas. The two Executive Councilors opposed to the toll increase are Councilor David K. Wheeler and Joseph D. Kenney.

I also want to thank the many NHMTA members that took the time to contact their Executive Councilor to voice their opposition to this toll increase.

The removal of the toll proposal is a good step. However, it may resurface to be voted on in the future. All of this would be put to rest if Governor Sununu would say he would veto the proposal.

I will keep you updated as we learn more.

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361
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NH Toll Increase


Dear NHMTA Member:

As most of you know by now, there is a proposal to raise tolls on the Turnpike system by a substantial amount. According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, this toll proposal will generate an additional $36 million in revenue for the “acceleration and expansion of Turnpike capital projects.” Attached is the seven-page toll proposal that was prepared by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for your review.

Toll rates are set by the New Hampshire Executive Council, unlike the “gas tax” which is debated and voted on by the New Hampshire General Court (NH House & Senate). If the toll rate increase is approved by the executive councilors, the majority of the toll transactions in the state of New Hampshire will increase by 50%. The commercial motor vehicle rate will become twice the class-one passenger rate, which is displayed on a graph in the proposal.

Herein lies the problem: There are five executive councilors and it takes only three to approve a toll increase. Executive Councilors Papas, Volinsky, and Prescott are all in support of this massive toll increase.

If you are opposed to this increase, I am recommending the following course of action: It is extremely important that the executive councilors and the governor hear from you as soon as possible. Their contact information is found on a separate sheet, attached.

Additionally, a public hearing has been scheduled for Monday night, December 4, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Portsmouth Public Library for the purpose of public input on this toll proposal which I hope you will attend. Here is the address of the venue:
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Unless you are in favor of an increase in tolls, it is critically important that you show up at this meeting to voice your opposition. I am very afraid that there will be many in the room that will be in support of this proposed increase.

Please make phone calls if you can as I have found that they can be the most effective form of communication. E-mail addresses are provided if you do not have the opportunity to call.

Here are a few talking points that you can use:

The New Hampshire Turnpike system is fully funded. There is enough cash to pay for current projects.

The state raised the gas tax 4.5 cents per gallon only three years ago. This generated approximately $32 million in new funds that are dedicated for use on New Hampshire’s roads and bridges.

This is important because the toll increase proposal is intended for the state to purchase a part of the highway through Concord (between Exits 14 to north of Exit 15) making it part of the turnpike system. As part of that transaction, according to NH DOT, that would free up $180,000,000 to be used on non-turnpike system roads and bridges.

That discussion should be part of a legislative hearing with multiple opportunities for public input.
Please, let the executive councilors know of the direct-cost impact to your business on a monthly and annual basis, i.e., the expected cost increase of goods and services to your customers and the impact on your employees.

Please let me know if you plan to attend the hearing on Monday evening in Portsmouth. It would be great if you can attend. Also, please provide me with any feedback that you receive from the executive councilors.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361
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2017 11 28 New Hampshire Executive Councilors

2017 11 28 Proposal for Acceleration and Expansion of Turnpike

NIGHT WORK ON I-93 BETWEEN EXITS 4 AND 5 IN LONDONDERRY

I-93 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURE FOR PAVEMENT MARKING

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces traffic impacts for planned night work associated with the I-93 expansion between Exits 4 and 5 in Londonderry.

Weather permitting, pavement marking work for a new traffic pattern will take place during nighttime hours from Monday, November 20th into Tuesday, November 21st. The work is scheduled to be done between the hours of 8:00 pm and 5:30 am and will require the use of lane closures. Message boards and smart work zone devices will be used to notify the traveling public.

Traffic on I-93 northbound between mile markers 12.6 and 15.8 will be reduced to one lane. Motorists should remain alert while traveling through the construction zone and obey all posted signs.

This work is part of the $35 million I-93 widening and reconstruction project between Exit 4 in Derry and Exit 5 in Londonderry. The general contractor is Weaver Brothers Construction from Bow, New Hampshire.

NIGHT WORK ON I-93 NEAR EXIT 4 IN LONDONDERRY

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces night work is planned on I-93 northbound Londonderry, in the Exit 4 area, between mile markers 10.4 and 11.4 on Monday, September 25, 2017. Structural steel will be set for the I-93 northbound bridge over Kendall Pond Road.
This work is scheduled to be done between the hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am and will require the use of lane closures. Message boards and smart work zone devices will be used to notify the travelling public. This work is expected to take one night to complete, however additional nights may be required due to weather conditions.
This work is part of the final I-93 northbound and southbound mainline construction in the Exit 4 area (Derry/Londonderry), as well as the northbound and southbound on and off ramps reconstruction, the NH Route 102 reconstruction (including the construction of the NH Route 102 Bridge over I-93), and Pillsbury Road/Ash Street (including the Pillsbury Road/Ash Street Bridge over I-93).
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I89 Vermont Southbound Closures

I-89 SOUTHBOUND CLOSURES:  I-89 Southbound closures are scheduled for Monday night (9/18) thru Thursday night (9/21) from 7:00 PM thru 6:00 AM between Exit 9 and Exit 8.  I-89 Northbound will remain open with a lane closure at the project site.  PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSURE START TIME HAS CHANGED TO 7:00 PM TO ALLOW THE CONTRACTOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLETE THE WORK. For more information: http://www.us2middlesex.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/

SEABROOK REST AREA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

ATTENTION MEMBERS – PLEASE SEE THE NOTICE BELOW RELATIVE TO THE SEABROOK REST AREA CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Due to anticipated rain showers and high winds from Jose today and tomorrow in the seacoast area, the planned paving in the Seabrook Rest Area is being delayed one week. 

The Seabrook Rest Area was temporarily closed last night at 8 PM to perform milling operations in the truck parking lot, but will be reopened this morning at 8 AM and will remain open until 8 PM next Monday night September 25th

Beginning next Monday night 9/25 at 8 PM, we will again temporarily close the rest area in order to pave the trucking parking lot; mill and pave the front passenger vehicle lot; and mill and pave both the on and off ramps.  We should be able to shave 8 hours off of next week’s closure due to the milling that was completed last night in the truck parking lot.  We are anticipating a 48 hour closure to complete this work, but are requesting that the press release and public outreach be for a 60 hour closure from Monday 9/25 at 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM Thursday morning 9/28. 

A NH State Police Trooper was on site at 5 pm last night to assist NHDOT in advising the truckers of the 8 PM shutdown.  This worked well and we will do this again next Monday night.  Truckers who were due for a rest were advised of the truck stop at Exit 3 and were grateful for the notice.

If you have any questions at all about the ongoing or upcoming work, please feel free to contact NHDOT’s Contract Administrator Kevin Winn at (603) 818-1872 or myself at (603) 419-9340.  The 10 day forecast looks favorable. 

Thank you,

Nickie

Nickie Hunter, P.E.

District Construction Engineer

NHDOT Bureau of Construction

Hazen Drive, Concord, NH  03302-0483

Cell: (603) 419-9340

Office:  (603) 271-2571

Nickie.Hunter@dot.nh.gov

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SEABROOK WELCOME CENTER ON I-95 NORTHBOUND CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES TONIGHT (9/18) AND FROM 9/25 AT 8:00 PM TO 9/28/17 AT 8:00 AM

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2017

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE SEABROOK WELCOME CENTER ON I-95 NORTHBOUND CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES TONIGHT (9/18) AND FROM 9/25 AT 8:00 PM TO 9/28/17 AT 8:00 AM The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces that due to anticipated inclement weather, the schedule has changed for the planned temporary closure of the Seabrook Welcome Center on I-95 northbound, just south of Exit 1, to allow for paving work.

The Seabrook Welcome Center will now be closed to all traffic tonight (9/18) from 8:00 pm until 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 19.  The Seabrook Welcome Center will again be closed to all traffic from Monday, September 25 at 8:00 pm until Thursday September 28 at 8:00 am.  Any vehicles left in the Seabrook Welcome Center parking lot during these time periods will be subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.

This work will include milling and repaving of the entire Seabrook Welcome Center parking lot, including the construction of additional truck parking. It will also include storm drain repair and the restriping of truck and passenger vehicle parking spaces. The Seabrook Welcome Center was last paved in 2000.

This work is a part of the Seabrook-North Hampton-Rochester Eastern Turnpike resurfacing project. Brox Industries of Dracut, Massachusetts is the prime contractor of the $3.5 million project

Contacts:

Kevin Winn                 Construction Bureau,                           603-818-1872

Bill Boynton                Public Information Officer,                 603-271-6495

NH Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483

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Vermont I-89 Bridge Work – Week of September 4th, 2017

I-89 Night Closures between Exit 8-Montpelier and Exit 9-Middlesex  Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM Crews will be setting the structural steel at night for the new bridge over the travel lanes of I-89 for the month of September.  For the safety of motorists traveling on I-89, VTrans will close I-89 at night, one direction at a time, between Exit 8 – Montpelier and Exit 9 – Middlesex.  

Northbound I-89 will be closed between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM this week: – Tuesday, September 5th, 2018 – Thursday, September 7th, 2017  – Between Exit 8-Montpelier and Exit 9-Middlesex Alternate Route during closures During the northbound closure periods, motorists will exit the interstate in Montpelier at Exit 8 and follow US 2-West to Middlesex and access I-89 northbound at Exit 9.  US 2 will be marked with signs as an alternate route.   Two-way traffic will be maintained on US 2 with occasional interruptions to allow equipment to access the site.  

Day Work I-89 southbound and US 2 will be reduced to one-lane at the project site during daytime work hours.  Motorists can expect delays.  Northbound will have a shoulder closure only during daytime work hours.  

Traffic –Traffic delays can be expected this week on US 2 and I-89.

It is illegal in VT to use any handheld portable electronic devices while driving. The law carries fines of up to $200 with points assessed if the violation occurs in a work zone.  Contact Francine Perkins, Project Outreach Coordinator, FRP Enterprises, LLC with any questions or concerns with regards to the project at 802-479-6994.  Construction updates and project photos are posted at http://www.us2middlesex.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/.

PAVING WORK ON I-393 IN CONCORD AND PEMBROKE

LANE CLOSURES NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces paving work on Interstate 393 in Concord and Pembroke will begin on Tuesday, September 5, weather permitting.

This work will be completed in phases. It will take place during nighttime hours from North Main Street to the Merrimack River bridge.  The section from the Merrimack River bridge to the end of I-393 will be a combination of daytime during off-peak hours and nighttime work.  

During work hours, lane closures will be necessary on I-393 eastbound and westbound.  Motorists are requested to slow down and stay alert while travelling through the work area.