MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) –
Next week, President Joe Biden will visit New Hampshire to promote and celebrate the newly enacted infrastructure package.
Biden will sign the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill into law on Monday, and the next day he will travel to the Grafton County town of Woodstock, population about 1,500, for an event at the Woodstock Bridge, an 82-year-old structure over the Pemigewasset River that has been on the state’s “red list” since 2013.
It will be Biden’s first visit to New Hampshire since the state’s first-ever presidential primary on Feb. 11, 2020, when he departed in the late afternoon before the votes closed. He came in sixth in the primary but won the state’s four electoral votes in the general election in November.
Biden will discuss the infrastructure bill’s emphasis on “strengthening resilience to climate change, increasing fairness and safety for all users, and generating good-paying union jobs that build the economy,” according to White House officials.
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At a press conference this week, the four Democratic members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation praised the bill’s passage, saying it will provide the state with $1.1 billion over five years for roads and bridges, $400 million for water infrastructure projects, and a minimum of $100 million for high-speed internet.
The approval of a five-year plan, according to New Hampshire Commissioner of Transportation Victoria Sheehan, “provides certainty as to what sort of money will be available.”
Sheehan told WMUR after the White House announced Biden’s visit, “We’re looking forward to greeting the president and showing him the sorts of projects the bipartisan infrastructure would address,” especially in rural communities.
She said that the bridge is vital for large trucks, such as “rural commerce and the timber industry,” as well as emergency vehicles from a local fire station.
“We’ve been working hard to sustain a 20-ton posting,” Sheehan said, “which is why we keep conducting repairs.”
According to the White House, New Hampshire has 215 bridges and more than 698 miles of roadway in “poor condition,” resulting in longer commutes and higher car maintenance costs for typical Granite Staters.
The bill would provide New Hampshire with $1.1 billion in federal-aid highway apportionment programs and $225 million for bridge restoration and maintenance over five years, based on formula financing.
According to the White House, the package would also give New Hampshire with $125 million over five years “to boost public transit alternatives across the state” and $17 million to increase the number of electric car charging stations. According to the report, the $100 million that New Hampshire would receive for internet upgrading would link “at least 42,800 persons in New Hampshire who presently lack access.”
According to the Biden administration, the law would transfer $418 million to the state over five years to enhance water infrastructure and, as a consequence, water quality.
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In addition, the state will get $345.6 million over five years for airport “structural development.”
The news of Biden’s arrival was welcomed by members of the congressional delegation.
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, who represents Woodstock in the 2nd Congressional District, stated:
“Last week, I was honored to join Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives to make revolutionary, once-in-a-lifetime investments in our nation’s infrastructure.” This law would improve Granite Staters’ lives by creating thousands of jobs and ensuring that everyone has access to high-speed internet, clean water, and safe roads and bridges.
“I am looking forward to having President Biden to New Hampshire on Tuesday and working with him to make this historic framework a reality for Granite State families.”
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