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2018-06-08 - Statewide Freight Summit & Open House - June 21, 2018

The Future of Freight Operations & Autonomous Trucking

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is hosting a New Hampshire Freight Summit at the Newington Town Hall Auditorium (205 Nimble Hill Road, Newington) on June 21, 2018 from 12:30 - 3:30 PM that will include discussion with public and private sector professionals regarding the future of freight movement in New Hampshire and key issues affecting the state's freight networks. The summit will provide an overview of the New Hampshire Freight Plan, Insights on Freight Operations and Logistics from the private sector, as well as a discussion of the Economics of Autonomous Trucking. This will be followed by an Open House from 4:00-6:00 PM focused around the ongoing development of the State Freight Plan. The Statewide Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term, multi-modal, vision for the freight system in New Hampshire. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts and proved input on the Freight Plan development.

Follow the link to RSVP for the event: nhfreight2.eventbrite.com

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2018-05-22 - RPC Welcomes Meredith Houghton, Planning Technician

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.

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2018-05-14 - 10 Day Comment Period and Hearing for Revised 2017-2020 TIP Amendment #4

The FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a prioritized list of federal and state funded regional transportation projects developed by NH DOT and representatives from the communities of the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region. To comply with Federal Highway Administration guidance regarding a recent court decision on the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard, the RPC announces its intent to amend the TIP to revoke Amendment #4 as adopted on April 11th, 2018. The MPO will then reapprove Amendment #4 omitting changes to projects that would require the MPO to conduct a full air quality conformity analysis. In this instance, this will require that project 29608 (Epping) not be considered as part of the proposed changes. These revisions will account for project changes and maintain consistency with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To maintain consistency between the TIP and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the project list of the LRTP will be updated in conjunction with the changes to the TIP. The project specific changes to the TIP and supporting documentation can be found on the Rockingham Planning Commission website at http://www.rpc-nh.org.

A 10-day public comment period for the Amendments begins Monday, May 14th, 2018 and concludes on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, beginning at 5:30 PM at the RPC Offices (156 Water St, Exeter). The Planning Commission Executive Committee will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

As of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008 ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.

Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.

Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through May 23rd, 2018 and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with TIP/Plan amendments in the subject line

For more information contact David Walker at (603) 778-0885.

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2018-05-08 - Public Hearing to Discuss Hampton Beach Traffic and Reconstruction of NH1A

May 10th, 2018 at the Marston School

The Hampton Beach Area Commission will host a public hearing on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 that will be discussing aspects of the Hampton Beach Master Plan and the reconstruction of NH 1A. The meeting will occur at the Marston School Cafeteria (4 Marston Way, Hampton) beginning at 7:00 PM and topics will include the transportation planning grant for Route 1A, traffic flow at the beach, parking areas, and pedestrian safety issues. The full agenda can be found on the Hampton Beach Area Commission 2018 Agendas web page

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2018-03-12 - 30 Day Comment Period and Hearing for 2017-2020 TIP Amendment #4

The FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a prioritized list of federal and state funded regional transportation projects developed by NH DOT and representatives from the communities of the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region. The RPC announces its intent to amend the TIP to account for project changes and to maintain consistency with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To maintain consistency between the TIP and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the project list of the LRTP will be updated in conjunction with the changes to the TIP. The project specific changes to the TIP and supporting documentation can be found on the TIP Amendment page of the Rockingham Planning Commission website at http://www.rpc-nh.org.

A 30-day public comment period for the Amendments begins Monday, March 12th, 2018 and concludes on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Epping Town Hall (157 Main Street). The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

As of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008 ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.

Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.

Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through March 10th, 2018 and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with TIP/Plan amendments in the subject line

For more information contact David Walker at (603) 778-0885.

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2018-03-07 - Statewide Freight Summit & Open House

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is hosting a Statewide Freight Summit on March 22, 2018 in Claremont, NH. The Summit will be held at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Room (145 Broad Street, Claremont) from 12:30 - 3:00 PM. The summit will provide an overview of the New Hampshire Freight Plan, discuss national trends in freight movement, provide an update on investments into the Port of New Hampshire, and provide information on the latest developments in Autonomous Trucking and Truck Platooning and their potential impacts on the trucking industry.

Registration for this event closes on Friday, March 16 and seating is limited. Register online via nhfreight.eventbrite.com

The event will be followed by an Open House in the same room from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

The New Hampshire DOT (NH DOT) Statewide Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in New Hampshire. The statewide freight plan will be multi-modal; including air, pipeline, rail, truck and maritime transport. It will identify short, medium, and long-term strategies to guide future freight policies, investments, and partnerships. Work on the plan began in the spring of 2016 and will be completed by fall of 2018.

As part of the planning process, NH DOT has convened a State Freight Advisory Committee (SFAC). Committee members will participate in the development of the statewide freight plan, by providing direction and guidance on freight issues of concern and opportunities; freight stakeholders and areas of interest; strategies, actions, and policies; and project prioritization.

For more information about this project, please contact to Lucy St. John, Senior Planner, at Lucy.StJohn@dot.nh.gov.


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2018-02-22 - MPO Public Participation Plan

45 Day Public Comment Period

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 PM at 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:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with Public Participation Plan in the subject line

For more information contact Scott Bogle at (603) 778-0885.

Draft MPO Public Participation Plan

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2017-12-20 - 2017 Annual List of Obligated Projects

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 dwalker@rpc-nh.org.

The full report, as well as reports from previous years, can be found on the Annual List of Obligated Projects page of the website.

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2017-12-11 - 30 Day Comment Period and Hearing for 2017-2020 TIP Amendment #3

Notice of Comment Period and Public Hearing

2017-2020 TIP Amendment #3

The FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a prioritized list of federal and state funded regional transportation projects developed by NH DOT and representatives from the communities of the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region. The RPC announces its intent to amend the TIP to account for project changes and to maintain consistency with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To maintain consistency between the TIP and theLong Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the project list of the LRTP will be updated in conjunction with the changes to the TIP. The project specific changes to the TIP and supporting documentation can be found on the TIP Amendment page of the Rockingham Planning Commission website at http://www.rpc-nh.org.

A 30-day public comment period for the Amendments begins Monday, December 11th, 2017 and concludes on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday January 10th, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Kingston Town Hall (163 Main Street). The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

As of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008 ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.

Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.

Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through January 9th, 2017 and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with TIP/Plan amendments in the subject line

For more information contact David Walker at (603) 778-0885.

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2017-12-07 - ADDITIONAL Public Hearings Set in Concord and Manchester on Proposed Toll Increase

Two more public hearings have been scheduled to gather public input on the proposal put forth by GACIT and NHDOT to accelerate and expand the Turnpike Capital Program through an increase in the toll rates.

The additional public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the NH Department of Transportation, Room 114, 7 Hazen Drive, in Concord (directions) AND Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Manchester City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers – 3rd Floor, at 1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester NH (directions). The proposal and the NHDOT press release are linked below. Also linked is the presentation from the December 4th hearing held in Portsmouth.

NHDOT Press Release

https://www.nh.gov/dot/media/nr2017/2017-12-06-public-hearing-manchester.htm

PROPOSAL FOR ACCELERATION AND EXPANSION OF TURNPIKE CAPITAL PROGRAM

https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/documents/GACITTollIncreaseProposal.pdf

PRESENTATION from the December 4th Hearing: Potential Toll Increase For Acceleration & Expansion of Turnpike Capital Program

https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/documents/proposedtollincrease.pdf

*****Any comments are due to NHDOT by 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017 attention to William E. Watson P.E., 7 Hazen Drive, PO Box 483, Concord NH 03302-0483 or by e-mail to: bill.watson@dot.nh.gov.*****

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