2013-05-22: 4:30pm this afternoon they opened four new highway speed open road toll lanes at the Hookset toll plaza on the I-93 Everett Turnpike in western New Hampshire. ORT in 2x2 lanes with shoulders and three separation barriers through the center of the toll plaza is flanked by four cash or roll-through electronic toll collection lanes each direction.
David S Smith NHDOT bureau of turnpikes engineer in charge of the Hookset toll upgrade project on NH/I-93 says the open road lanes are on track to open on-schedule mid-June. The approx $30m project will convert an old 14 lane toll plaza into a 4/2/2/4 lane arrangement with the 2x2 open road lanes in the center flanked by four staffed or roll-through E-ZPass lanes each direction.
2012-08-23: New Hampshire DOT has its second open road tolling (ORT) project under way at the Hooksett toll plaza on the I-93 Turnpike north of Manchester. Central toll lanes of the 14 lane plaza are being closed off this week to allow demolition of booths and islands so that 2x2 ORT lanes can be constructed through the center.
ACS, the Xerox company has won the competitive procurement for a full upgrade of toll systems across the extensive turnpike network in New Hampshire. This will be the first new in-lane or 'front end' since electronic tolling was first implemented in the state. ACS already do the back office work for NHDOT.
New Hampshire's turnpike agency is reducing the price of buying a new standard interior windshield-mounted E-ZPass transponder from $20.95 now to $8.90, a price reduction of over 57%.
Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire have agreed to treat one another's toll violators according to local toll enforcement rules. The agreement provides for end-of-the-line sanctions when motorists who have used tollroads fail to pay tolls, ignore late notices and violation fees.
New bridges needed between Kittery Maine and Portsmouth New Hampshire will probably be toll financed, officials say. The bridges are planned as replacements for the World War Memorial Bridge that carries old US1 through the middle of the twin cites, and the Sarah Milfred Long or Middle Bridge that carries a US1 Bypass just around them.
Brian McGrory a columnist at the Boston Globe drives the I-95 New Hampshire Turnpike regularly and after experiencing open road tolling at the Memorial Day weekend, he's just blown away by the achievement. His column titled "Pay NH your toll, your respects" leads off: "I’m sorry, New Hampshire.
Tens of thousands of motorists traveling I-95 through New Hampshire this Memorial Day weekend experienced the joys of open road tolling. Bureau of Turnpikes administrator Chris Waszczuk told us in an interview today they are "delighted and proud" at how well the highway speed tolling worked, and how well it seems to have been received by motorists. He said toll system integrator Telvent had done an "excellent job" and the civil contractor also.
New Hampshire DOT have selected Telvent Caseta to install open road toll systems at their biggest toll plaza - at Hampton on I-95. The $1.98m contract will cover toll systems work associated with the conversion, while civil works are being done under three separate contracts likely to total around $20m.