SALEM, N.H. — New Hampshire's transportation chief says he will seek federal approval for an electronic toll-collection system on Interstate 93.
Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said he plans to apply with the Federal Highway Administration in April to locate a toll system on I-93 near the Massachusetts border.
Campbell told The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass., that a toll is a fair and sustainable way to pay for widening a 20-mile stretch of I-93 from Salem to Manchester.
Officials in southern New Hampshire towns oppose the plan, saying tolls would be an economic hardship and drive many motorists onto side roads to avoid tolls.
Campbell said he hopes to find out by fall whether New Hampshire gets conditional approval for the program. He said the earliest tolls could be collected is 2014.
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