WASHINGTON — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-2) and Chris Pappas (NH-1) announced $2.7 million in federal funding for construction projects at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease and Claremont Municipal Airport. Pease has been awarded $2 million for a terminal expansion project, and Claremont has similarly been awarded $700,000 to construct a new state-of-the-art terminal. Both projects are funded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Com-mittee, helped craft the omnibus funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which authorized and appropriated an additional $1 billion for AIP projects.
“These federal dollars will go a long way toward improving the safety and functionality of our airports in Portsmouth and Claremont,” said Shaheen. “Ensuring our regional infrastructure projects have the funding they need is critical to the economic vitality of our state, easing travel to and from New Hampshire for residents and visitors, alike. Boosting federal support to improve our airports, roads, rails and bridges will continue to be a top priority for me in Congress.”
“These grants will help strengthen Claremont Municipal Airport and Portsmouth International Airport at Pease to help ensure that they meet the transportation needs of our state,” said Hassan. “I’ll keep working to secure additional federal funding for vital infrastructure projects for New Hampshire."
“Claremont Municipal Airport plays an important role in the economic wellbeing and transportation infrastructure of the Claremont region,” said Kuster. “This grant will support improved safety and expansion at the Claremont Municipal Airport. I will continue to advocate for resources to bolster investments in New Hampshire’s infrastructure.”
“This country’s outdated infrastructure deserves increased investment across the board,” said Pappas. “In my role as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding to support New Hampshire’s infrastructure.”