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New Hampshire open road tolling under way in Hooksett

The $23 million project converted six conventional toll lanes to the four open road lanes, where drivers with E-ZPasses can breeze through without braking.

The Associated Press

5/23/2013

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday cut the ribbon to signal the start of open road tolling at the Hooksett toll plaza in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The four lanes of open road tolling — two northbound and two southbound on Interstate 93 — officially opened at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The $23 million project converted six conventional toll lanes to the four open road lanes, where drivers with E-ZPasses can breeze through without braking.

"Everything pulled together better than expected and we were ready to go," said New Hampshire Department of Transportation Turnpikes Administrator Chris Waszuk. "We wanted to get this new transportation improvement open as soon as possible for Memorial Day."

Memorial Day weekend is the fourth busiest holiday period and is expected to draw more than half a million visitors to the state.

The high-speed lanes are separated from the conventional lanes by concrete barriers.

Transportation officials say 25 million vehicles pass through the Hooksett tolls a year and up to 80,000 vehicles pass through during the summer months.

The New Hampshire Turnpike along Interstate 95 has open-road tolling at its tolls in Hampton.

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