The A Safer Road To Tomorrow coalition is your source for highway and infrastructure information. The coalition is comprised of leading New Hampshire organizations that recognize the important role of New Hampshire's infrastructure.
The coalition's website will provide you with factual information about our state highway system and other highway safety initiatives that will help protect New Hampshire roads. Visit the Aboutpage for more information on the coalition partners, and the initiative's mission.
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NH Governor and Legislature support additional Highway Fund Investment in 2017
The proposed state budget legislation, House Bill 2, includes the creation of the Infrastructure Revitalization Trust Fund. This fund will go toward key issues such as school building aid, infrastructure development, and red list bridges. The bill also prioritizes the Route 106 improvements in the Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
Federal Transportation Needs & "FAST Act"
The 2015 AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report found that annual investment in the nation's roads, highways, and bridges needs to increase from $88 billion to $120 billion to improve conditions and meet the nation's mobility needs. The report also found that the current backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740 billion.
In December 2015 president Obama signed into law a long-term federal surface transportation program that includes modest funding increases and allows state and local governments to plan and finance projects with greater certainty through 2020. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) provides approximately $305 billion for surface transportation with highway and transit funding slated to increase by approximately 15 and 18 percent, respectively, over the five-year duration of the program. While the modest funding increase and certainty provided by the FAST Act are a step in the right direction, the finding falls far short of the level needed to improve conditions and meet the nation's mobility needs and fails to deliver a sustainable, long-term source of revenue for the federal Highway Trust Fund. When the FAST Act expires at the end of FY 2020, the Congressional Budget Office projects the average annual shortfall to the federal Highway Trust Fund will grow to $18 billion.
The efficiency of New Hampshire’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy. Businesses depend on an efficient and reliable transportation system to move products and services. A key component in business efficiency and success is the level and ease of access to customers, markets, materials and workers.
The Road Information Program NH Key Facts - August 2016
◼ Sixty-three percent of the $38 billion worth of commodities delivered annually from sites in New Hampshire is transported by trucks on the state's highways. An additional 26 percent is delivered by parcel, U.S. Postal Service or courier, which use multiple modes, including highway.
◼ Seven percent of New Hampshire's major roads are in poor condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs New Hampshire motorists $340 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs - $317 per motorist.
◼Thirty-one percent of New Hampshire's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
◼ Fifty-two percent of New Hampshire's urban Interstates experience congestion during peak hours. Traffic congestion costs American motorists $121 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs.
◼ Vehicle travel on New Hampshire's highways increased by eight percent from 2000 to 2014. New Hampshire's population grew by eight percent between 2000 and 2015.
◼ Motor vehicle crashes cost New Hampshire over $1 billion per year, $820 for each resident, in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays, workplace costs, insurance costs, and legal costs.