BANGOR — Acadia National Park is saddled with hundreds of deferred maintenance projects that officials say will cost an estimated $65.8 million the park doesn’t have.

The Bangor Daily News reports that advocates and supporters have long been concerned that deteriorating roads and buildings at the park could result in fewer visitors.

Surrounding communities rely heavily on tourist dollars from park-goers.

The National Park Service reported that Acadia reached its highest visitation levels ever last year, with more than 3.5 million visitors that spent an estimated $387 million in area towns.

Maine representatives are supporting two bills in Congress that would provide additional funding for $11 billion worth of backlogged maintenance projects at parks across the country.


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