Baldacci addresses bridge repair challenges

Posted Oct. 09, 2010, at 2:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. John Baldacci says the deteriorating condition of two bridges linking Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., are emblematic of the bigger issue of how states are grappling with the growing problem of aging bridges.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Baldacci said he and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch met this week to discuss the future of the Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, and the Interstate 95 bridge linking the states.

The governors are creating a Bi-State Funding Task Force to figure out how best to fund maintenance, repair and replacement costs on those bridges.

Baldacci said of Maine’s 2,700 bridges, more than 200 of them are 80 years or older.

He said it’s estimated Maine will need $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion in bridge funding over the coming decade.

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