WASHINGTON — State repair work on roads and bridges damaged during Tropical Storm Irene, including work on two bridges washed out on Route 27 near Sugarloaf Mountain, will get a $1 million federal boost.

The Maine congressional delegation said today that the U.S. Department of Transportation is granting the money to the Maine Department of Transportation as part of a program that reimburses states for emergency repairs needed to federal-aid roads and bridges.

In announcing the grant, the office of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said that the damage to the bridges on Route 27 along the Carrabassett River forced motorists to take a 30-mile detour.

The office of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, noted that the Maine Department of Transportation has reported nearly 200 roads and a dozen bridges damaged or destroyed by the heavy rain and flooding during the Aug. 28 storm.

Also lauding the news of the federal grant were Reps. Mike Michaud, D-2nd, and Chellie Pingree, D-1st.

“Hurricane Irene took quite a toll on Maine roads,” Pingree said in a statement. “These funds will be a huge help in getting Maine’s infrastructure back online for our communities and businesses.”

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