Merrimack Toll Plaza

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Northbound toll plaza at Interchange 11
Southbound toll plaza at Interchange 11

The Merrimack Toll Plaza is a pair of two toll plazas located at Interchange 11 of the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, New Hampshire. While the Everett Turnpike itself uses an open-barrier tolling system with only one mainline barrier in Bedford, tolls were constructed on all three interchanges prior to the barrier (10, 11, and 12) to prevent motorists from exiting and using the Daniel Webster Highway (to which all 3 exits provide access) to bypass the Bedford Toll Plaza, commonly known as “Shunpiking”.

The ramp toll plazas along the Everett Turnpike are unmanned between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. This means that anyone passing through during those times must either have exact change or an EZ-PASS transponder, as no attendant will be available to provide change or issue a receipt. In the far left lane of the toll plaza, an “Exact Change Only” lane exists, which is usually used during the unmanned hours. The lane may be used during the daytime hours as well if traffic congestion is very heavy, as it allows an additional lane of traffic to pass through at a time.

The ramp tolls have been controversial among local residents of interchanges 10, 11, and 12 who are charged each time they get on or off the highway on a regular basis. There have been various proposals to remove the tolls because of this. While partially implemented briefly by removing one of the two tolls at exits 10 and 12, the removed tolls have since been reinstated due to a significant drop in funding after the removals. Various other proposals are being considered, including a raise of gasoline taxes, an increase of toll rates at the Bedford mainline toll plaza, and the addition of a second mainline plaza along the southern turnpike in Nashua. Thus far, final solution has been reached.