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Toll relief not seen as sure thing for Merrimack
“People are hurting. People don’t have jobs. The economy cannot handle a gas tax increase,” Peterson said.
She believes that legislators, in the next filing period, will likely propose a bill or an amendment that would ultimately keep the tolls at exit 12. Furthermore, she said exit 12 is the least-used toll booth in Merrimack.
“I am just waiting to see what happens. It is not over until it is over,” Mahon said.
Currently, the drafted plan for 2015-2024 calls for the removal of exit 11 and 12 ramp tolls in Merrimack, contingent upon the Bedford mainline toll plaza being moved south, and the transfer of Continental Boulevard to the town of Merrimack.
Nancy Harrington, town councilor, said she is pleased with the anticipated toll relief at exit 12. With three exits in Merrimack, removing one toll is a step in the right direction, she said.
One of those residents, Steve Miller, said he is looking forward to the toll being eliminated.
“It will make navigating the town a lot easier,” said Miller, who lives about a half-mile from the exit.
Meanwhile, the Merrimack Town Council is a few weeks away from possibly selecting an attorney to represent the town in its potential lawsuit against the state because of the tolls.
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