New Hampshire lawmakers push for private toll bridge

| 11/15/2007

Some state lawmakers in New Hampshire are hopeful of seeing a privately operated toll bridge erected in the state to help ease traffic congestion in the southern part of the state.

Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, is the lead sponsor of an effort touted by several House and Senate members that would allow a private group to contract to build a bridge across the Merrimack River in Nashua. The cost of the bridge has been estimated between $75 million and $100 million, the Union Leader newspaper reported.

Currently, the state has two bridges over the Merrimack River between Nashua and Manchester. A third bridge now under construction will connect the F.E. Everett Turnpike to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The proposed private bridge would connect to Hudson at the north end of the once-planned Circumferential Highway around Nashua. The state would take ownership of the bridge after about 60 years, the Union Leader reported.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor