September 6, 2013

Feds reject grant request for ME-NH bridge connection

The Associated Press

KITTERY — An aging bridge between New Hampshire and Maine won't receive a $25 million federal grant to build a rail line on its replacement.

Officials said Friday that they are still planning on building the rail line on the replaced Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which is used to shuttle nuclear waste from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Joyce Taylor, chief engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation, tells the Portsmouth Herald that Maine and New Hampshire officials aren't sure how they will come up for the money for the line.

The states requested the grant because state highway funding can't be used for rails.

The new bridge is expected to be ready in November 2017. The old bridge would be closed for six months, from May of that year to October.


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