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AN ACT relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program.

SPONSORS: Rep. Graham, Hills 18; Rep. Campbell, Hills 24; Rep. Lerandeau, Ches 6; Rep. Bouchard, Merr 11; Sen. Letourneau, Dist 19

COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways


This bill revises the state 10-year transportation improvement plan.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

04Mar2009… 0159h




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

AN ACT relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

2:1 State Transportation Improvement Plan. RSA 240 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:



240:1 Legislative Intent. The plan is intended to serve as the guideline for transportation projects in the state for the next 10 years.

240:2 Project Priority. To the extent practicable the projects shall be implemented in the order shown in the report.

240:3 Implementation of Plan.

I. The department of transportation shall be responsive to requests for information relative to the plan.

II. The plan shall include a list of projects intended to be under construction in the next 10 years with dates and costs of construction.

III. Preliminary studies, design, and right of way funding for long term projects that have been approved by the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) and the department of transportation shall be included in the plan.

IV. The department shall transmit the plan to the general court by January 15 of each even-numbered year. Projects listed in the plan shall be listed by the year the funds are to be expended and the 10 years of the plan shall be financially constrained.

V. Projects listed in the plan, except projects which are solely for infrastructure preservation, shall be prioritized based on a department of transportation methodology that examines the certainty of a project relative to its scope, cost, constructability, permitibility, and public support, provided that the project has the following:

(a) Preliminary design.

(b) Environmental evaluation.

(c) A public participation process.

(d) Available and adequate funding.

VI. The following shall be considered for any project proposed for the plan:

(a) Safety.

(b) Multimodalism.

(c) Land use.

(d) Infrastructure preservation.

(e) Overall corridor improvement.

VII. Every 2 years, the department of transportation shall propose to the general court a list of projects to be removed from the 10-year plan if the department determines that any project:

(a) Has significantly changed in scope; or

(b) Is no longer financially and environmentally feasible; or

(c) Lacks the necessary permits; or

(d) For other reasons is unnecessary or unlikely to proceed.

VIII. Inflation shall be included in the costs calculated in the 10-year plan and shall also be included in calculating the necessary revenues.

IX. The department of transportation shall meet at least semi-annually with the GACIT.

X. The GACIT shall review:

(a) Department of transportation financial status and issues.

(b) The status and issues of transportation projects.

(c) Other ongoing initiatives and issues.

XI. The GACIT shall provide the first statewide review of the plan as drafted by the department of transportation with input from the regional planning commissions.

2:2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Approved: February 1, 2010

Effective Date: April 2, 2010