New Hampshire’s failing roads and bridges are a real danger to all of us.  Not only to our safety, but also to our wallets.

At the state level, New Hampshire taxpayers continue to see efforts to cut highway funding and a reduction in the basic maintenance of our roads – a path that is likely to result in higher costs for taxpayers both at the state and local level. And in Congress, while other state’s reap the economic benefit of federal highway investments, New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation has allowed New Hampshire’s share of highway funds to drop to the point where taxpayers now pay in more money then they get out.

Consider that:

  • According to the NH DOT, there are more than 1,600 miles of state maintained roads that require major work.
  • A recent study ranked NH among the top ten worst states in terms of the condition of its rural roads and bridges.
  • NH taxpayers only get back .99 cents for every $1 they pay in federal gas taxes, and, while other states have seen federal funding grow at between 7% – 3%, NH’s federal funding has grown at less than 1% (.8%) annually.
  • The number of miles of road that are resurfaced in NH has declined each year from 650 miles in 1993 to only 310 miles in 2011.
  • More than 500 NH bridges are considered “red listed” meaning they require more inspections due to deficiencies, poor structural conditions or weight restrictions.