Vote on Proposed Toll Hike Delayed After Public Hearing

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Several dozen people attended a public hearing Monday evening in Portsmouth to weigh in on a proposed increase in the state’s highway tolls. A plan put forward last month by a transportation advisory commission would raise tolls on average 27-percent statewide, bringing in an additional $36 million in revenue. That includes a 50-cent increase in the cash rate on Interstates 93 and 95, and a 25-cent increase in the tolls on the Spaulding Turnpike. EZPass users would still receive a 30-percent discount. Supporters of the proposal say that money will be used to accelerate the completion of highway widening and safety projects, and the installation of more sound-abatement barriers. Peter Somssich, who represents Portsmouth’s Ward 3 in the New...

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