Thursday, 13 January 2022 10:16

New Hampshire Gets Federal Funding for Roadway Updates

Written by Christian Wade, The Center Square


...the infrastructure law, saying it will "improve the lives of tens of millions of working-class Americans while fixing roads, bridges and expanding internet access." He gave the remarks from an aging span bridge in Woodstock that has been on the state’s "red list" of structurally deficient bridges for years.


Overall, New Hampshire stands to get more than $2.05 billion from the spending bill over the next five years, including at least $1.1 billion for highway upgrades and $225 million for bridge repairs, according to a breakdown provided by the White House.


The state will also receive at least $418 million to improve water and sewer infrastructure and at least $100 million to help provide broadband coverage. Another $45 million will be available to improve rail service.


Topping the list of infrastructure needs in New Hampshire are its aging roadways and bridges, many of which are in a state of disrepair, according to a fact sheet released by the White House.


The Biden administration's Infrastructure Report Card gave the state a C- grade, saying there are 250 bridges and nearly 700 miles of highway in poor condition.


Gov. Chris Sununu has welcomed the additional federal funding but has also pointed out that New Hampshire receives the lowest amount of money nationwide for highway programs under the federal government's funding formula. He wrote to Biden ahead of his visit and called for a more equitable funding system.


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