Meredith Houghton joined RPC this May as a temporary Planning Technician for the transportation and water resources programs. As such, she will be primarily supporting the implementation of both the Road Surface Management System (RSMS) and Regional Stream Crossing Assessment (RSCA) projects, which contribute to the New Hampshire Statewide Asset Data Exchange System (SADES).
This summer, RPC’s RSMS program will be focused on the towns of Epping and Fremont. The RSMS program provides state agencies and the participating municipalities with information on the road system’s condition and estimates for future maintenance costs. The main objective of this effort is to identify distressed pavement manifestations, such as cracking or rutting, so that municipalities can better prioritize maintenance projects to maximize their return on investment and road quality. Meredith will be assisting the field team with road assessments and data collection, which will provide information pertinent to the planning and budget preparation for the participating towns’ long-term maintenance programs.
In addition to the RSMS program, Meredith will also be supporting the RSCA project, building on five years of prior data collection efforts by RPC within the region. The program is a statewide initiative that is a collaboration of multiple partners, including the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and Transportation (NHDOT), Fish and Game Department and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). The RSCA program aims to evaluate stream crossings to address flood risks and identify problem culverts which may present a hazard to public safety and/or may hinder passage to wildlife. As part of the field team, Meredith will be collecting georeferenced data to locate and assess existing crossings. This data will allow for the prioritization of stream crossing replacement projects within a town, watershed or region. This season, RPC will be performing these assessments primarily within the western areas of the RPC region.
Meredith brings prior experience in environmental remediation and compliance/permitting to RPC, and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Planning at Tufts University. Her most recent professional work has focused on stormwater compliance projects, as well as an invasive aquatic species management contract within a drinking water reservoir in Massachusetts. As an aspiring Environmental Planner, Meredith is excited to build on her knowledge of water resource management and broaden her perspective in transportation planning at RPC.
Additional information on the RSMS and RSCA programs is available on the SADES and NHDES webpages.
The Rockingham Planning Commission announces the release for public comment of a draft update to the agency's Public Participation Plan (PPP). This plan sets out the policies, goals and approaches for public participation as part of transportation planning activities conducted by the Rockingham Planning Commission.
A 45-day public comment period for the Draft Public Participation Plan begins Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and concludes on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. A public hearing to consider the updated plan and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PMat the Epping Town Hall (157 Main Street). The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to vote on adoption of the Public Participation Plan
The Rockingham Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving twenty-seven (27) communities in southeastern New Hampshire. The core role of the MPO is to ensure local input in the planning and programming of federally funded transportation projects. As part of this role, the MPO is required to implement a proactive public participation process that provides complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and early and continuing participation of the public in developing plans.
Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website Public Engagement page, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through close of business on April 11th, 2018 and may be addressed to:
Federal funding of transportation projects in the region for 2017
“Obligated” projects are those that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have committed to reimbursing a share of the cost of construction or implementation. Pursuant to Federal Regulations in CFR §450.332, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s), as the entities responsible for maintaining the metropolitan transportation planning process, must make public an annual listing of projects for which federal transportation funds were obligated in the preceding fiscal year. These are generally projects that have been recently completed, are under construction, or are nearing construction, where federal transportation funds have been officially committed with a signed project agreement. The full report contains additional detail regarding these projects however some highlights include:
$ 37.2 million dollars in Federal Highway funds committed in the RPC region in 31 contracts addressing bridge, roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian oriented projects.
$ 15.9 Million in Federal Transit funds committed to COAST, CART, and UNH Wildcat Transit to support their operations and capital needs.
$10.7 million obligated towards the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME.
$9.3 million obligated in the RPC region facilitating continued work on the I-93 expansion from Salem to Manchester.
$2.4 million in previously programmed federal transportation funds freed for use in current and forthcoming projects around New Hampshire.
Notice is hereby given that, acting in its capacity as the MPO for its planning district, the Rockingham Planning Commission has published its 2017 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects and made it available to be viewed and downloaded on the RPC website, www.rpc-nh.org. For more information, contact David Walker, Transportation Program Manager, at Rockingham Planning Commission, 156 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833; 603-778-0885 or email at email@example.com.
RPC is pleased to announce that it has appointed Timothy Roache of Stratham, NH to be the agency’s next Executive Director beginning August 1. Mr. Roache will be responsible for overall management of the agency and will work with the Commission’s highly experienced staff, its Executive Committee and community representatives on policy and strategic planning initiatives. He will succeed Cliff Sinnott who announced last February that he is retiring at the end of July, after serving as RPC’s Executive Director for nearly 30 years. The full press release is available on RPC's News page.