Tolls increase in New Hampshire

| 10/31/2007

Truck tolls have increased on New Hampshire’s 93 miles of toll roads.

The New Hampshire Executive Council voted Oct. 4 to raise tolls for trucks and passenger vehicles effective Oct. 22.

Truck tolls that were $2 or $3 depending on the interchange on the Central Turnpike, Blue Star Turnpike or Spaulding Turnpike are now 25 cents more per axle, New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.

Passenger-vehicle tolls increased from 75 cents to $1 on Interstate 93 and the Everett Turnpike, and from $1 to $1.50 on Interstate 95.

Holders of E-ZPass accounts will continue to receive a 30 percent discount.

Residents of Merrimack, NH, where all interstate access points are tolled, staged a protest Aug. 25 that included paying their tolls in pennies.

One city leader was ticketed during the penny toll revolt on the Everett Turnpike.

Tolls have not been increased in New Hampshire since 1989.

The New Hampshire Transportation Commission wants to raise an additional $16 million to $24 million per year to pay off bonds, repair and replace 14 structurally deficient bridges, and extend the Spaulding Turnpike in Rochester, NH.

– By David Tanner, staff writer