Stimulus Money to Help Repair Maine Roads and Bridges 

While reduced funding has forced the curtailment of hundreds of miles of highway maintenance projects in Maine, $130 million in federal stimulus money is paying for highway and bridge reconstruction throughout the state. The Transportation Department says 40 percent of this year’s scheduled maintenance projects – basically repaving – have been canceled. The Legislature’s Transportation Committee is trying to find a way to bolster funding over the long term. However, one-time federal stimulus money is supporting more substantial projects this season. The largest is on Interstate 295 from Topsham to Gardiner.