GRAND LAKE STREAM PLANTATION, Maine — A unique partnership between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Maine Department of Transportation allows the state to access greater funding and therefore complete some much-needed projects on and near tribal lands.
A celebration of this alliance was held Tuesday at the Milford Street Bridge over Grand Lake Stream in Grand Lake Stream Plantation, which is about 10 miles west of the Route 1 intersection in Indian Township.
Passamaquoddy Gov. Joseph Socabasin of Indian Township, DOT Commissioner David Cole, and federal, state and tribal officials gathered on the bridge as Socabasin presented Cole with a check for $950,000 for the newly constructed bridge.
Mark Latti of the DOT said the money was from federal funds the tribe was able to leverage for the project, above and beyond what the state could garner on its own.
Latti said construction for the $1.7 million bridge replacement project began in March and was completed in October by Technical Construction Inc. of Turner.
The funds provided to DOT through this partnership with Indian Township are dedicated by the Federal Highway Administration to provide better access to tribal lands.
Latti said this was the first of three highway and bridge projects that will be completed over the next few years under the unique partnership.
Both remaining projects are expected to be completed next summer. They are a road rehabilitation project on Grand Lake Stream Road and a $2 million replacement of the Route 1 bridge between Indian Township and Princeton.