WASHINGTON — Maine is receiving $1 million in emergency federal funds to help repair or rebuild roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, according to members of Maine’s congressional delegation.
“The Maine Department of Transportation reports that nearly 200 roads and a dozen bridges were damaged or destroyed by heavy rain and flooding,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said in a prepared statement issued Tuesday. “This funding will help our state repair and replace this important infrastructure as soon as possible.”
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and Rep. Mike Michaud also issued separate releases announcing the Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funding awarded to the Maine Department of Transportation.
“Maine was hit hard by the storms and this federal assistance comes at a time of great need,” Michaud said.
Snowe pointed out how the Aug. 28 storm washed away two bridges on Route 27 along the Carrabassett River near Sugarloar, which forced area residents and visitors to take a 30-mile detour around the damage.
“Given this infrastructure’s close proximity to some of Maine’s top tourist destinations, this funding is critical to our state’s economic vitality as the winter season approaches,” Snowe said. “It is vital we maintain the safety and efficiency of our state’s roadways and without this emergency aid, the main arteries into these communities would remain severed indefinitely to the detriment of our state and local economies.”