Today it was great to be back in Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of the new Memorial Bridge, a vital connector for the people of both New Hampshire and Maine. I was here 18 months ago, on a cold February day, to see some of the demolition work on the old bridge, and it’s fair to say we wouldn’t have been there today without a tremendous team effort by the leadership, congressional delegations and transportation officials of both states.
That teamwork was especially helpful in securing a $20 million TIGER grant that helped move this project forward. The bridge is a perfect example of what transportation is all about. It links cities and states. It joins communities and families. It supports jobs and businesses.