Lynch, Shaheen, Shea-Porter Formally Announce $20 Million for Memorial Bridge Upgrade

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in New Hampshire for Announcement

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Governor John Lynch, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter joined with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and members of the Maine delegation to formally announce $20 million to replace Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge.  These funds were issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation under its TIGER II program.

"I'm thrilled to announce that we are committing $20 million to replace the deteriorating Memorial Bridge, keeping open a crucial river crossing for cars, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians.  The Memorial Bridge replacement project is vital to the region's economy, not only because it will create jobs, but because it will also eliminate barriers to freight movement and improve access to the region's transportation network,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“The Memorial Bridge is in critical need of replacement and that is exactly what we are going to do.  As Governor, I feel we should not and we cannot wait any longer to address this transportation priority,” Governor John Lynch said.  “That is why New Hampshire has taken the lead in ensuring we replace this bridge as soon as possible.  Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to our goal of replacing the Memorial Bridge and ensuring the Seacoast has the strong transportation network it needs.”

“Memorial Bridge is critical to the Seacoast economy, connecting the commercial centers of Portsmouth and Kittery, as well as helping ensure access to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard,” said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  “This project is a smart investment of Recovery Act dollars: it will save New Hampshire money in the long run and will create many much-needed construction jobs.  It is also an example of what is possible when we put aside party labels and come together in a bipartisan way to get things done for our communities.”

“We have to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure in New Hampshire and around the country,” said U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “This is a jobs issue and a safety issue.  This funding will benefit the local communities in both Maine and New Hampshire and I am very pleased that the New Hampshire and Maine delegations were successful in securing this funding.”

The announcement today took place at 1 Harbour Place in Portsmouth.  Governor Lynch, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and members from the Maine delegation had all worked together with Secretary LaHood to secure the TIGER II grant.