Infrastructure Projects Promise to Benefit Local Economies

By Mary Anne Broshek

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law on November 15, 2021. The law was approved by 50 Democrats and 19 Republicans in the Senate and 228 Democrats  and 13 Republicans in the House of Representatives. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who was one of the 10 negotiators, published the following in a recent newsletter to let New Hampshire residents know the impact on our our state:

“I’m proud that our late night, early morning bipartisan talks resulted in this moment: a bipartisan group of lawmakers standing together with the administration, showing the American people what is possible when we leave politics at the door and get things done.  These infrastructure projects will create good-paying jobs, stimulate local economies, and prepare our workforce for the 21st century economy – all with an eye towards sustainability to combat the climate crisis.

“At least $1.1 billion to update our roads and $225 million to repair bridges across the state. New Hampshire has over 698 miles of roadway and 215 bridges in poor condition

“At least $100 million to expand broadband coverage to at least 42,800 people across New Hampshire.

“At least $418 million to expand access to clean drinking water and improve water infrastructure.

“At least $5.6 million to protect our communities from wildfires and $12.4 million to protect us from cyberattacks. This funding will strengthen our infrastructure’s resilience against the impacts of climate change, cyberattacks and extreme weather – all of which are becoming more frequent and dangerous threats to our security.

“At least $125 million to improve public transportation across the state.

“At least $45.7 million to support updates to New Hampshire’s airports.
“At least $17 million to expand charging stations for electric vehicles in our state.

“Key action to combat the climate crisis.  The major provisions of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act are now law. These bills will improve energy efficiency and climate resilience of buildings and industrial facilities, as well as invest in clean jobs. “