The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.
The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to the Maine Department of Transportation for a project to repair and upgrade 22 rail bridges on the Madawaska Subdivision of the Maine Northern Railway.
Under the project, 14 bridges will undergo minor repairs; three bridges' superstructures will be replaced; and one bridge will be replaced entirely. Once the project is completed, the 151-mile section will be capable of carrying 286,000 lb of railcar weight.
Collins worked to ensure the FASTLANE program was fully funded, as she chairs the Senate Transportation Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
Source: Progressive Railroading