N.H. Forms 20-Year Plan for Transportation Needs

Fri September 10, 2010 - Northeast Edition

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) A report looking at the next 20 years in New Hampshire transportation estimates an 80 percent increase in freight traffic, more growth and congestion in the southeast part of the state and more cars without passengers.

The report released Sept. 1 by the state Transportation Department also noted a growth in “red list’” bridges and other structures that are approaching the end of their design life; and that roadway expansion has become cost-prohibitive and more environmentally difficult at the same time the urgency of congestion is calling for ways to alleviate it.

The report said making some departmental restructuring, rethinking how money is spent on projects and forming more effective partnerships with other agencies are among its goals.