Increased gas tax revenues mean more North Country road, bridge improvements
Senate Bill 367, which was signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on May 20, is expected to generate upward of $33 million a year in new revenues beginning in fiscal year 2015, which commences on July 1. The money would be used for infrastructure investments, among them the expansion of Interstate 93, the repair of municipal bridges and for resurfacing and reconstruction projects throughout the state.
The North Country could see $2.2 million of that total, with 20.6 miles to be resurfaced. The work would include two miles of U.S. Route 3 in Northumberland; 3.8 miles of Route 110 east from the Milan/Berlin town line; 4.9 miles of U.S. Route 2 in Randolph; 1.2 miles of Route 16 in Bartlett; 1.4 miles of U.S. Route 3 in Colebrook; 3.1 miles of Route 110 between Northumberland and Stark; and 4.2 miles of U.S. Route 3 between Columbia and Colebrook.Under its preliminary reconstruction/rehabilitation program, NHDOT hopes to use $12 million in new road toll revenues this year to improve a total of 27.4 miles of roads statewide. The only beneficiary in the North Country this year would be the unincorporated township of Dixville, where NH DOT is proposing to improve 1.6 miles of Route 26 from east of the Colebrook town line.