Lack of funding could bring I-93 expansion project to a halt
Department of Transportation officials told members of the House Public Works and Highways Committee the number of red-listed bridges and roads in poor condition will grow and up to a third of the agency’s workforce could be laid off without more funding.
Those options are gone and now the department is facing a $50 million yearly deficit at current funding levels, said Patrick McKenna, the department’s CFO.
Clement said his department is focusing on the main highways to keep them in good condition and less on the secondary roads, which will continue to deteriorate.
“The municipal side is what keeps me awake at night,” Clement said, noting the cities and towns have more than 350 red-listed bridges in need of repair and a state aid wait list that stretches to 2023 or 2024.
He asked Clement when his department “is going to hit the wall.”
The gas tax increase was projected to raise $816 million over 10 years, and of that, $183 million would go to municipalities through block grant aid and state bridge and highway aid programs.
Senate Transportation Committee Chair Jim Ruasch, R-Derry, who attended the briefing, said when the bill was killed he was given assurances he will be able to introduce a vehicle to raise revenue for the department next year.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Stark Covered Bridge repairs underway, to be completed in Spring 2015 - 0
- Londonderry allows DOT to assume management of Exit 4A project - 0
- DOT orders bridge closure in West Swanzey - 0
- Derry to NH: Take Exit 4A - 0
- Traffic change Wednesday for Keene State move-in day - 0
- Historic Blair Bridge in Campton reopened - 1
- Creative ways to finance rail in NH pushed - 11
- Hudson grapples with traffic concerns as industrial park grows - 0
- Nashua transportation roundtable event canceled - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Keene State president promises to punish students involved in pumpkin riot - 2
- Somersworth plaza evacuated after phoned threat to blow up NH State Liquor Store - 0
- Canaan man dies after vehicle falls on him - 0
- Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Crunch time and the dollars are flying in NH races - 0
- Vickers earns first pole in five years - 0
- James Pindell's The Back Story: Does the grassroots approach still work? - 4
- Shaheen: 'Don't Import Candiate That Outsources Jobs' - 18
- Abandoned Property: Romney, Brownies and even J.D. Salinger are on the list, are you? - 1
- Ted Siefer's City Hall: Levasseur back on MPD's case, but this time with numbers - 2
Monitoring social media
More violence at Keene
Boz Scaggs explores a bit of 'Memphis'
Shaheen, in Hooksett, rallies with union
After riots, soul-searching begins
On Obamacare: Shaheen doesn't get it
What rising tide? Kuster vs. Kennedy