UMaine Speeds Up Bridge Construction 

Ray Lahood, U.S. Transportation Secretary went to the University of Maine to check out a new way to build bridges. Researchers at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center laborartory are using a process called “bridge in a backpack” This process takes strong unfolded carbon fiber fabric, inflated and coated with resin at the construction site. Once the carbon fiber is layed out, it is filled with concrete. Overall, this allows the process for building bridges cheaper and quicker. Gov. John Baldacci escorted LaHood during his tour. LaHood requested for printed materials on the research to share with members of President Obama’s Cabinet.