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ICYMI: Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan Tout Unprecedented Investment in Portsmouth Harbor Projects

In case you missed it, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Maggie Hassan visited the New Hampshire Port Authority this week to discuss how the $1.6 million in federal dredging project funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will positively impact the Seacoast. This federal investment will help enhance maintenance in the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor shipping channel, advance safety and improve navigation.

Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan were pivotal in negotiating the infrastructure law in the U.S. Senate. Together, alongside Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congressman Chris Pappas, they secured wins for Granite Staters, including billions for roads, bridges, ports, waterways, broadband, and more. This is on top of the $18.2 million that Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan secured last year for the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River navigation improvement project. Key Excerpts:

  • Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan visited the New Hampshire Port Authority in Portsmouth on Monday to talk about $1.6 million in federal funding to go towards dredging projects.

  • The funding is part of the new $1.2 trillion Biden Administration Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and will go towards maintenance dredging in the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor shipping channel. It will help to support further-needed maintenance dredging within Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River to improve navigation and safety.

  • Hassan led an effort to include an investment increase for ports, waterways, and dams during infrastructure negotiations, while Shaheen won provisions for water infrastructure and broadband.

  • “Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River help facilitate the flow of goods from and through New Hampshire, which is critical to supply chains and our state’s economic prosperity,” Hassan said in a statement. “During negotiations for the bipartisan infrastructure law, I pushed for robust investments in our country’s ports, dams, and waterways, including those here in Portsmouth. I will continue working to ensure that Portsmouth’s waterways receive the improvements that are necessary in order to improve shipping operations at our port.”

  • "Maintenance dredging in our shipping channel and harbors has long been an issue affecting safety operations and our local businesses, so it’s important to see these efforts move forward,” Shaheen said in a statement. “Getting these projects underway are game-changers for New Hampshire waterways: improving navigational safety, creating jobs, and boosting the resilience of local infrastructure for years to come."


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