Transportation & Infrastructure
“A modern and strong infrastructure is central to the success of New Hampshire and America’s people, businesses, and economy, and I will continue pushing for meaningful federal investments to expand rural broadband, and fix our highways, roads, and bridges.” – Senator Hassan
Strengthening both New Hampshire and America’s transportation and broadband infrastructure is critical to meeting the needs of the 21st century economy.
Senator Hassan authored the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act that would support meaningful investments in rural broadband infrastructure in places like New Hampshire, helping to strengthen local economies and provide businesses and individuals in rural areas with the resources that they need to get ahead and stay ahead.
To help close the urban-rural digital divide, the Senator also introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act, which would help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire and across the country.
The Senator has also worked with her colleagues in New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to help secure significant investments in transportation infrastructure, including nearly $8 million to repair transportation infrastructure in Granite State communities impacted by severe flooding, $11.8 million for the Manchester airport, $13.5 million for Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, and a $10 million grant to rehabilitate two regionally significant bridges connecting New Hampshire and Vermont. And she is working with Senator Jeanne Shaheen to pass the SAFE Bridges Act, which would make long-overdue investments in the nation’s aging bridges.
To ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to clean, safe drinking water, Senator Hassan is working to improve water infrastructure and protect clean drinking water supplies, including combatting PFAS drinking water contamination in communities across New Hampshire.
Additionally, Senator Hassan worked with the rest of the New Hampshire delegation to secure funding for critical priorities for the state in the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which authorized water infrastructure projects around the country. The comprehensive bipartisan bill included approval for mitigation efforts at Hampton and Portsmouth Harbors – a victory for the fishing industry in New Hampshire that has been hurt by severe sand shoaling in recent years.
Senator Hassan will continue working across the aisle to strengthen New Hampshire’s infrastructure to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to high-speed internet, safe drinking water, navigable waters, and well-maintained roads, bridges, and airports.
June 24, 2021
WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his support for the bipartisan infrastructure framework that the Senate has been negotiating. Last week, Senator Hassan was part of the group of 20 senators who announced their support for the bipartisan infrastructure package.Read More
June 21, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need to expand broadband infrastructure as a critical and necessary piece of the nation’s overall infrastructure needs, according to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D- N.H.) during roundtable discussion held Friday.Read More
June 17, 2021
Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Hassan Bill to Support Passenger Rail in New Hampshire and Across the Country
WASHINGTON - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to pass the Surface Transportation Investment Act, which includes a bipartisan bill that U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced to improve a loan program used to help develop passenger and short line railroads in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan legislation would streamline the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Loan program application process, making it easier for businesses and communities to apply, while also making the program more flexible to better support a wider range of local transportation projects. The loan could be used to help finance projects like the Capitol Corridor Project that would connect Manchester and Nashua to Boston via passenger rail.Read More
June 17, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of 20 senators released the following joint statement on the bipartisan infrastructure package:Read More
June 09, 2021
Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Traffic Congestion, Improve Road Safety
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing the Smart Intersections Act, bipartisan legislation which will reduce traffic congestion and improve roadway efficiency by establishing a grant program at the Department of Transportation with the purpose of improving the functioning of traffic signals throughout the country.Read More
May 18, 2021
Senator Hassan & NH DOT Commissioner Sheehan Discuss NH’s Infrastructure Projects During Finance Hearing
WASHINGTON - In a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the importance of securing long-term funding for infrastructure projects in New Hampshire. Senator Hassan asked questions of hearing witnesses including Victoria Sheehan, Commissioner of New Hampshire Department of Transportation and President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.Read More
April 24, 2021
Rural NH Communities & Businesses to Receive USDA Federal Funding to Expand Access to Clean Energy & Revitalize Local Infrastructure
(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program that rural New Hampshire communities, farmers and businesses will receive federal funding that will help replace water and sewer system infrastructure, as well as increase access to renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency.