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Lack of funding could bring I-93 expansion project to a halt
Department of Transportation officials told members of the House Public Works and Highways Committee the number of red-listed bridges and roads in poor condition will grow and up to a third of the agency’s workforce could be laid off without more funding.
Those options are gone and now the department is facing a $50 million yearly deficit at current funding levels, said Patrick McKenna, the department’s CFO.
Clement said his department is focusing on the main highways to keep them in good condition and less on the secondary roads, which will continue to deteriorate.
“The municipal side is what keeps me awake at night,” Clement said, noting the cities and towns have more than 350 red-listed bridges in need of repair and a state aid wait list that stretches to 2023 or 2024.
He asked Clement when his department “is going to hit the wall.”
The gas tax increase was projected to raise $816 million over 10 years, and of that, $183 million would go to municipalities through block grant aid and state bridge and highway aid programs.
Senate Transportation Committee Chair Jim Ruasch, R-Derry, who attended the briefing, said when the bill was killed he was given assurances he will be able to introduce a vehicle to raise revenue for the department next year.
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