New Hampshire looks to boost truck, bridge safety

| 10/16/2001

New Hampshire Safety Commissioner Richard Flynn wants to use $1.4 million from the state's highway surplus to add 10 motor vehicle inspectors to monitor commercial vehicle traffic and the transport of hazardous materials throughout the state. Flynn is also seeking legislative permission to use a $441,563 federal grant to create a security unit for patrolling coastal bridges.

Flynn told Foster's Daily Democrat the Federal Highway Administration has expressed concern for the protection of the state's bridges and shoreline in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.

Following the attacks, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen ordered additional patrols of Portsmouth Harbor, the Piscataqua River and the Brown River near the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant.