Shea-Porter Statement on Opening of Sarah Long Bridge
DOVER, NH— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today released the following statement on the opening tomorrow of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge:
“The Sarah Long Bridge is essential for commerce and for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. I am so glad that its replacement is finally here! I worked with Members of both the Maine and New Hampshire delegations to secure the federal funding needed to make this bridge a reality. This joint venture demonstrates how federal-state partnerships can effectively spur infrastructure investments and why we must have a strong federal funding source for these types of critical projects. It would have been very difficult to replace the Sarah Long Bridge without the federal TIGER grant, an infrastructure program Congress established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus bill. I am committed to working with members of both parties to advance legislation that makes critical investments in our aging infrastructure and creates jobs.”
In 2013 and 2014, Shea-Porter wrote multiple times to the US Department of Transportation in support of the TIGER grant applications submitted by the New Hampshire and Maine Departments of Transportation. The TIGER grant was essential for replacing the aging Sarah Long Bridge, which closed in August 2016 after the lift span became stuck.
Shea-Porter supports creating a national infrastructure bank that would leverage federal seed funding to spur private investments in infrastructure projects, which would remain public upon their completion.