NH Congressional Delegation Announces $750,000 Federal Highway Grant for North Country Roads
WASHINGTON, DC –Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced that the Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $750,000 grant to the Forest Service to repair federal roads in the North Country that were severely damaged by the late October storms.
“Safe roads, rails and bridges are critical to ensuring the well-being of Granite Staters, and repairing and reconstructing our roads are an important investment in our state’s infrastructure to both keep people out of harm’s way and prevent disruptions to the Granite State’s tourism industry,” said Shaheen. “I’m glad to see these federal funds come back to New Hampshire, where they’ll be put to good use restoring North Country roads.”
“Infrastructure and property in New Hampshire’s North Country was severely damaged by the storms last October, and I am glad to see the Federal Highway Administration award these grants that are needed to help repair our federal roads that are critical for public safety and tourism,” Senator Hassan said. “The people of New Hampshire are incredibly resilient, and I’ll keep fighting to ensure that our people have the support we need to fully recover.”
“The federal government must ensure that federal roads in New Hampshire are repaired and restored to good condition,” said Shea-Porter. “I am pleased that the Federal Highway Administration is assisting the Forest Service with this important responsibility.”
“Repairing damaged roads in New Hampshire is necessary for public safety and our economic competitiveness,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I’m glad the Federal Highway Administration is taking action to address the road damage experienced by so many communities during last year’s storms.”
The grant was awarded through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program, which provides resources to repair and rebuild federal road systems damaged by natural disasters. On October 30th and 31st, extreme rains caused approximately $3 million in damage to North Country federal roads. This grant will assist the Forest Service in removing debris and repairing roads and bridges to restore access for emergency vehicles to communities in the area. The funding will help repair Forest Service routes 14, 30, 700, 34, 19, 24, 12, XB443, and 754, which include roads near Jefferson, North Woodstock, Hart’s Location, Benton, Gorham, and Warren.