Tolls could go up for N.H. turnpike drivers

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Updated Dec 1, 2017
Hampton toll plaza on Blue Star Turnpike. Photo: NHDOTHampton toll plaza on Blue Star Turnpike. Photo: NHDOT

Tolls could rise on New Hampshire’s turnpike system under a proposal being considered to accelerate bridge and road work on the tollways.

Tolls would rise 50 cents in Hampton, Hooksett and Bedford, and 25 cents in Dover, Rochester and Hampton Side Tolls, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Drivers with E-ZPasses would see rises of 35 cents and 18 cents, respectively.

The increase is expected to bring in an extra $36 million a year that NHDOT says would be used to relieve congestion, improve safety and speed up construction projects on the 89-mile turnpike system.

The agency also says that 54 percent of the additional revenue would come from out-of-state drivers.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 6 p.m. December 4 at the Portsmouth Public Library.