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Shaheen: Lack of Stable Highway Funding is Hurting New Hampshire Jobs, Economy

Shaheen makes comments while meeting with NH construction contractors in Lebanon

(West Lebanon, NH) – As Congress prepares to take up transportation funding legislation this week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with New Hampshire construction contractors at Pike Industries today to discuss the need for legislation that provides stable funding for road and bridge construction. The current authorization of the highway bill is set to expire July 31st threatening important infrastructure projects and planning in New Hampshire.

“The message I heard today from everyone who joined me at Pike Industries was clear, we must have stable funding for road and bridge construction so that these companies can plan ahead, hire workers and begin construction,” Shaheen said. “It’s time for Congress to put partisanship aside and do what’s right for our economy. I will continue to use every opportunity to urge Congress to pass a highway funding bill that makes the future investments needed to support public safety and commerce in our Granite State communities.”

Shaheen has been vocal about the need to adequately support the Highway Trust Fund so that governments at all levels can plan long-term capital investment projects. New Hampshire has 790 bridges that are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and 54 percent of state roads are rated as being in poor condition.