The Rockingham Planning Commission has begun a 30 day public comment period to gather feedback on the draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This 30-day public comment period for the TIP and Plan documents begins Monday, February 8, 2021 and concludes on Tuesday March 9, 2021. A public hearing to solicit public comment is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021, and will be held virtually via the Zoom video conferencing system beginning at 7:00 PM. The link will be available on the RPC website prior to the meeting and the Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the documents.
Think trails, bike improvements, pedestrian safety projects or Safe Routes to School
If your community has been looking for funding for a trail, Safe Routes to School project or other pedestrian or bicycle facility improvement this is a good opportunity. NHDOT has posted full details on the 4th round of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding on their website. TAP is one of the main sources of federal grant funding to municipalities for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects, and will fund up to 80% of eligible project costs with a required minimum 20% non-federal local match.
The first step for communities is to submit a Letter of Interest, which must be submitted electronically by Friday, February 5, 2021. A sample Letter of Interest is available on the NHDOT website and RPC can assist with project scoping. Please let RPC staff know if your community is thinking of applying. (email@example.com)
The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC), is a public non-profit regional planning commission established
under RSA 36 which conducts regional land use, transportation and community planning, and functions as the
designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for southeastern New Hampshire. (See Study Map –
This RFP is issued for the purpose of securing the services of a qualified Consultant to provide traffic counting
services in support of the agency’s transportation planning program. The selected vendor must agree to a
fixed fee contract to provide a set number of counts over a specified period as defined herein. 2.0 Background
The RPC conducts an annual traffic counting program in coordination with the NH Department of
Transportation (NHDOT) as part of the agency’s biennial transportation planning program. The RPC counting
program is integrated with the NHDOT’s such that the results generated from our counts are reviewed and
integrated into the NHDOT ADT database and used, in part, to fulfill Federal Highway Administration highway
performance monitoring (HPMS) requirements. The annual list of count locations includes single and bidirectional ADT counts as well as vehicle class counts. Traffic count location, type and frequency are defined
cooperatively by the NHDOT and RPC to satisfy respective agency needs.
The RPC’s traffic counting program objectives are
• To successfully complete the traffic counts (a combination of single, bidirectional ADT and vehicle
class counts) committed to by the RPC according to the specifications established in the Scope of
• To complete and verify counts in a timely manner, concluding all counts by mid-November of any
• To maintain close coordination and communication with the RPC and NHDOT regarding the scheduling
of counts and locations and any difficulties encountered;
• To avoid deploying counts in locations where temporary or unusual circumstances will preclude
average or typical count conditions (e.g. pavement work or construction; local events causing unusual
• Conduct all counts in a manner that ensures the safely of motorists, pedestrians, and consultant staff;
• To provide cost effective count services to the RPC
The List of Obligated Projects is an annual statement by the Metropolitan Planning
Organization detailing the expenditure of federal transportation funds in the
region. When the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) obligate funds, the agencies are committing federal
resources to a specific transportation project, grant, or transit system. While
obligations do not line up exactly with active construction of roadway
projects, they do provide insight into what projects are being prepared for
construction (engineering and design), are in construction, or have been
recently completed. The 2020 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects has been published and details how the $89.8 million of federal funding obligated in the region was distributed to projects, programs, and transit agencies.
I think we can sum up 2020 with “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. With the arrival of COVID-19 last March the resilience of our region was challenged. We were forced to rapidly pivot to a new normal: remote learning and working, no gyms, no theaters, closed restaurants and record unemployment.
We shuttered our doors and rapidly adapted remote working technology for our staff, commissioners, and member communities. We advanced our work program and provided our members with resources to support their planning needs in these uncertain times. Through our partnership with the Town of Exeter, the RPC worked to provide our communities with information to access relief funds. We worked with local and state officials to reopen beaches and support outdoor dining. Perhaps most importantly, as region we learned, adapted and became more resilient.
Wishing everyone happy holidays and a happy new year, and don’t forget to un-mute.
The Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the federally-designated transportation planning agency for 27 communities in southeastern New Hampshire. Serving as a regional partnership among the United States Department of Transportation, New Hampshire Department of Transportation and other state agencies, regional transit agencies, community leadership, local planning and public works officials, the business community, and citizens across the planning area, the MPO leads in the development of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and contributes to ongoing conversations about issues such as land use, economic development, climate change and the environment, safety and security, and public health. The MPO also has a legislatively mandated role in establishing priority projects for the State Ten Year Plan, which weaves between the TIP and LRTP processes. These three documents form the backbone of the transportation planning process in New Hampshire and provide a path for projects to move from concept (LRTP), through project development (State Ten Year Plan), and to implementation (TIP).
The MPO recently selected five candidate projects from the LRTP to be considered for the State Ten Year Plan. At this stage of the process, the projects selected by the MPO have been forwarded to NHDOT for engineering and cost analysis over the next few months. The projects submitted to NHDOT for review were the final section of the East Coast Greenway project across the Hampton Marsh and the rehabilitation or replacement of the Bartlett Bridge in Portsmouth. In addition, safety and capacity improvements are proposed at three intersections; the NH 125/NH 155 intersection in Epping, the NH 27/NH156 intersection in Raymond, and the US 1/NH 111 intersection in North Hampton. The total (inflated) estimated for these five projects is approximately $8.5 million, and it is expected that the NHDOT review will result in cost increases for several of the proposals. The MPO must submit final priorities for this cycle of the State Ten Year Plan by the end of March 2021 and will utilize the feedback from NHDOT to select a set of projects that can best advance transportation planning goals and is constrained to the regional budget target of $6.7 million.
Vote for your favorite 2020 King Tide entries until December 2, 2020 @ 12pm EST.
The New Hampshire King Tide Contest returns on November 14-17, 2020. The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup invites members of the public to submit photos and videos documenting the higher-than-average tides expected along New Hampshire’s coast. The King Tide Contest aims to enhance public understanding of the possible effects of sea-level rise and help communities visualize and plan for future coastal flooding impacts. For complete contest rules, terms, and conditions, please visit: https://www.nhcaw.org/kingtidenh2020/.