Infrastructure legislation would aim to boost Londonderry's Pettengill Road project funding
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek exited a shuttle to check out the future site of Londonderry's Pettengill Road on Wednesday afternoon. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Joined by State Sen. Sharon Carson, former District 4 Executive Councilor Raymond Wieczorek, Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Director Mark Brewer and about a dozen other state and local officials, Ayotte arrived by airport shuttle shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, immediately following an impromptu tour and earlier meeting to discuss pending state and federal transportation infrastructure legislation.
Recognizing the widespread implications of the project, Ayotte introduced federal legislation this past fall to bolster Carson's efforts to establish the state infrastructure bank, which would leverage state and federal transportation dollars to attract private investments funding local transportation initiatives such as Pettengill Road. In addition, Ayotte's bill would update the federal highway law, which inadvertently prevents states from using federal resources to help capitalize state infrastructure banks, as it stands now.
Ayotte said the federal legislation has been filed, with a pending companion bill currently under House consideration.
Carson said state legislation to establish a New Hampshire infrastructure bank has passed before the Senate and will soon be heading to the House for final vote.
Project officials said that once completed, commercial and industrial development along Pettengill Road could bring up to 10,000 new jobs to southern New Hampshire and generate millions of dollars in annual tax revenues.
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