Sununu: Draft transportation plan ‘living within our means’

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu talks about the new New Hampshire Lottery New England Patriots scratch ticket game from the State House in Concord on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.  The game, which is available only in New Hampshire in 1,200 stores starting Tuesday, features four, $100,000 grand prizes and the chance to enter a series of second-chance drawings to win Patriot tickets. (Elizabeth Frantz/Concord Monitor via AP)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. –Elizabeth Frantz / Concord Monitor via AP / File

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says his recommended 10-year transportation improvement plan for New Hampshire focuses on preservation, maintenance and safety of existing pavement and bridge infrastructure while “living within our means.”

Sununu released a draft plan on Wednesday to be considered by lawmakers.

The plan, which emphasizes interstate as well as individual projects, assumes a level federal funding of about $185 million a year.

Sununu says the plan doesn’t include accelerated project schedules that depend on a toll increase, a proposal that he rejected. He says the plan relies on turnpike toll credits in lieu of a state hard match to federal aid.

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He calls the plan a “financially constrained document” that addresses the needs that best align with communities, regional planning and advisory commissions, and the Department of Transportation.