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Shaheen: Highway, bridge repairs vital to NH economy

WINDHAM — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined other New Hampshire officials in Windham Tuesday where she pressed for continued funding for the National Highway Trust Fund and support for infrastructure projects, such as the Interstate 93 expansion. Shaheen’s visit to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation I-93 field office and construction site coincided with the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, one of the biggest travel weekends of the year.

Based on current spending and revenue trends, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund will encounter a shortfall before the end of fiscal year 2014. Depletion of the fund could result in the loss of $55 million in federal transportation funds and more than 700 jobs in New Hampshire alone, Shaheen’s statement said.

“The summer travel and tourism season is officially underway and that provides an important reminder of the critical relationship between our local infrastructure and our economy,” Shaheen said. “The Highway Trust Fund supports important projects, including the I-93 expansion, and hundreds of Granite State jobs. A funding shortfall would result in project delays and job loss that we simply cannot afford.”

“Our infrastructure plays an important role in virtually every sector of our state’s economy, particularly during the summer travel and tourism season, and I will keep working so we can see action on the Highway Trust Fund that is vital to addressing our infrastructure needs.”

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