NH Delegation Welcomes Over $2.8 Million Heading to MHT to Support Key Infrastructure Updates

January 23, 2023

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $2,821,120 to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) to support modifications and rehabilitation efforts for the terminal building. 

This award was allocated through the Department of Transportation (DOT) using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds. The award will be used to increase energy efficiency at MHT by replacing 16,000 square feet of the terminal’s original translucent fiberglass canopy.  

“I’m glad to see these federal funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law headed to Manchester Regional Airport to support key infrastructure updates. Investing in these energy efficiency upgrades not only ensures a better experience for travelers, but also improves the airport’s operations,” said Senator Shaheen. “MHT is a hub of transportation and economic activity, and I’ll always advocate for the funding and resources necessary to support its growth.” 

“Manchester Regional Airport is a crucial transportation and economic hub for our state, ensuring that tourists and locals alike can get where they need to go,” Senator Hassan said. “This funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help strengthen the airport’s overall physical infrastructure while improving its energy efficiency, helping to ensure that it can stay operational for years to come.” 

“By investing in the modernization and energy efficiency of our airports and infrastructure, we can save money and bring more business to our state – a win-win for New Hampshire,” said Representative Kuster. “I’m thrilled to see this funding heading to MHT and was proud to help pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package. This game-changing legislation will continue to strengthen our infrastructure systems – from our airports and broadband to our roads and bridges – and bring new opportunities to the Granite State.” 

“Improving and updating Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is critical to our regional economy and ensuring individuals can travel safely and efficiently,” said Representative Pappas. “This federal funding, provided through the bipartisan infrastructure law that I fought to pass, will update existing infrastructure to improve key systems at New Hampshire’s largest airport. I will continue to work to deliver the resources from this legislation to New Hampshire, and I’m eager to keep working across the aisle for New Hampshire priorities.” 

“Thank you to the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation for their work to secure this valuable grant for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport,” said Airport Director Ted Kitchens, A.A.E. “This grant will allow us to replace 16,000 square feet of original translucent fiberglass canopy that has reached the end of its useful life. The new ceiling will improve natural light and heating efficiency in the terminal, allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency overall.” 

Shaheen was a lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This legislation provides a $550 billion investment in our nation’s core infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, the electric grid, water systems and broadband. In June 2021, Shaheen joined President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators to announce the framework of the package. Hassan, also a member of the bipartisan group negotiating the infrastructure bill, helped secure provisions for transit and passenger rail funding. She also led negotiations for key provisions that address coastal resiliency, high-speed internet expansion, and cybersecurity.

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