Passamaquoddy Tribe gives MDOT $1.9 million for highway projects

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.
Newly inaugurated Passamaquoddy Tribal Governor Joseph Socobasin leads the Tribal Council and community members in a traditional dance Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.
Faye Mack
Newly inaugurated Passamaquoddy Tribal Governor Joseph Socobasin leads the Tribal Council and community members in a traditional dance Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe on Tuesday presented two checks totaling $1.9 million to Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt.

Indian Township has been successful in accessing federal highway money through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road Program, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office on Wednesday. At LePage’s request, MDOT has set up consultation meetings with the tribes intended to open lines of communication and promote tribal-state cooperation.

Indian Township has two projects it is participating in with MDOT. One involves the replacement of a U.S. Route 1 bridge which carries 3,400 vehicles a day. With a total cost of $3 million, that project is expected to be completed next year. The other allows MDOT to complete a much heavier and longer lasting treatment on 10-plus miles of Grand Lake Stream Road, a rural state highway that was otherwise not eligible for federal highway funding, at a total cost of $2.5 million. That project should be finished this fall.

In 2010, Indian Township gave MDOT $950,000 toward the $1.7 million Milford Street bridge replacement that was completed in the fall.

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