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Updated: September 5, 2019

Maine to get more than $60M to replace bridges

Bridges in Maine to be repaired (six images) Courtesy / Office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins Maine will receive over $60 million in funding to replace bridges across the state, including those shown here.

Maine will get more than $60 million in federal funds to replace eight bridges across the state, including $36 million for the Madawaska/Edmundston International Bridge Replacement Project announced this summer.

A total of $61.06 million in funding has been awarded through the Competitive Highway Bridge Grant Program and the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant Program. U.S. Sen Susan Collins, R-Maine, along with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note, announced the funding and project details at an appearance Wednesday in Yarmouth.

“This funding will help rebuild bridges that are critical to the economies of southern, western, and northern Maine," Van Note said in a news release issued after the news conference. "Our citizens are lucky to have such strong partners in Washington.”

How the funding will be allocated

The funding will be allocated in three projects: 

  • Close to $19 million for the I-295 Bridges Project, to replace four structurally deficient bridges in Yarmouth and Freeport;
  • More than $6 million for the Franklin County Bridges Project, to repair a network of three key structurally deficient highway bridges in Farmington, Wilton, and Jim Pond Township; and 
  • $36 million, announced in July, for the Madawaska/Edmundston International Bridge Replacement Project, a crucial link between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.

A Maine DOT spokesman told Mainebiz on Wednesday that officials are still talking with counterparts in New Brunswick about the remaining $38 million in funding required for that project. 

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