N.H. Worries Fed Funding Woes Might Hamper Road Work

Fri September 12, 2008 - Northeast Edition
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire’s transportation commissioner said he’s worried that money problems in the federal Transportation Department will hurt roadwork in the state.

The government announced Sept. 8 that it would only be able to make partial payments of money owed to states for highway projects — beginning soon.

State Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said the move could slow important transportation projects.

“We are evaluating whether or not we’ll be able to keep these projects moving forward in the coming weeks,’’ Campbell said.

Campbell did not name specific projects, but work already is under way on projects related to the Interstate 93 widening work in southern New Hampshire.

In response, the president is urging Congress to immediately pass stalled legislation to transfer $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund.

Campbell also is urging Congress to take action.

“This situation was avoidable and I urge Congress to take immediate action to restore the financial stability of the federal Highway Trust Fund so that critical projects here in New Hampshire can continue to move forward,’’ Campbell said.

Gov. John Lynch echoed Campbell’s concern.

“New Hampshire, like other states, receives an allocation from the federal Highway Trust Fund for highway construction, and the rationing of these funds could delay critical projects,’’ Lynch said.

He also urged Congress to act, immediately, to support the fund.