|For Immediate Release
December 23, 2009
Public Information Office
|NHDOT Marks Economic Stimulus Milestone
100% of ARRA Funds Committed to Road and Bridge Projects
New Hampshire continues to be among the leading states nationally in getting funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) put to work creating jobs and improving the State’s roads and bridges. This week the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) reached the milestone of obligating 100% of the $129.4 million it has received for road and bridge projects, more than two months ahead of the March 2, 2010 deadline.
"I am very pleased that New Hampshire continues to lead the way in using stimulus money to move our economy forward," Governor John Lynch said. "The Department of Transportation has done an outstanding job in getting this work out quickly in order to put people to work and keep people working while addressing much-needed transportation improvements in New Hampshire."
These federal ARRA funds have been used to triple the number of highway miles paved in 2009 (750 miles) and financed improvements to 78 bridges on the state-maintained system. ARRA funding also has made possible 35 municipal road and bridge projects across the state, including 22 local bridges (19 of which are Red List bridges).
In addition, the NHDOT has obligated 100% of the $4.62 million in ARRA funds authorized for New Hampshire for airport projects in Manchester, Keene, Nashua and Gilford, and most (93%) of the $13.5 million in ARRA funds for transit projects.
"This past year virtually doubled the NHDOT’s annual federal funding for transportation improvement projects," said Commissioner George Campbell. "New Hampshire’s needs still far outweigh available funding, and we would welcome passage of a second federal stimulus initiative ("Jobs for Main Street Act"), which would invest $48 billion in infrastructure spending that includes rebuilding roads and bridges.”