Maine DOT awarded nearly $5 million in grants

Posted Aug. 17, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Maine Department of Transportation was awarded nearly $5 million for statewide infrastructure improvements in competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation .

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the grants Wednesday.

“These grants will help not only greatly improve the safety and efficiency of Maine’s transportation infrastructure, but they will also drive economic development and job creation,” Collins said in a press release. “Our state must have safe and reliable transportation infrastructure to allow goods and raw materials to move in and out, and people as well, in order to grow small businesses and put Mainers back to work.”

The $4,920,828 in funding will be distributed from the Federal Highway Administration as follows:

• Acadia Byway Signs: $25,200 to increase user-friendly signs outside Acadia National Park providing information and promoting tourism and recreational opportunities.

• Portland Terminal improvements: $810,000.

• Preservation of the Hemlock Covered Bridge in Oxford County: $60,000 to rehabilitate, repair and preserve the historic Hemlock Covered Bridge in Fryeburg.

• Maine State Ferry Service fleet upgrades: $395,000 to provide fleet with new, modern electronic equipment.

• Rockland Ferry Boat Terminal improvements: $475,000.

• Androscoggin Ricker Hill Road bridge construction: $210,000 to replace the structurally deficient Ricker’s Bridge..

• St. John’s Valley Byway signs: $84,000 to be used to place signs along a 92-mile route in Aroostook County identifying cultural and historic sites.

• Currier Road Reconstruction Phase II: $1,151,400.

• Schoodic Byway Signs: $17,600 to carry out the balance of the 2004 Schoodic Byway Interpretive Plan by designing and installing new signs along Routes 1 and 186 in Hancock County to provide information and further promote tourism along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway.

• Bold Coast Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan: $80,000 to help develop a management plan to document the cultural, natural and historic features along Rroutes 1, 187, 191, 189 and 190 in Hancock and Washington counties. The project is intended to help promote tourism in the region.

• Augusta Highway Project: a $1.2 million grant announced last week by Collins. The project will allow for full north and southbound access to I-95, and connections to Routes 3 and 27, making the future site of the new MaineGeneral Medical Center fully accessible.

• Nondiscretionary Funding to MDOT: $101,265.

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