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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin Announces $7.89 Million Grant For Northern Maine Railway Improvement Projects

August 3, 2017
Press Release
The grant will go toward repairing and upgrading 22 rail bridges spanning the Madawaska Subdivision railway in Penobscot and Aroostook Counties, a major conduit for Maine businesses

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $7,890,000 grant to repair and upgrade 22 rail bridges along the state-owned Madawaska Subdivision railway, spanning Penobscot and Aroostook Counties.  Altogether, 14 bridges will undergo minor repairs, three bridges will undergo superstructure replacements, and one bridge will be replaced completely. Once the projects are completed, the 151-mile Madawaska Subdivision railway will be capable of carrying 286,000 pounds of rail car weight, from Millinocket to Madawaska.


Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:


“Maine’s infrastructure—our roads, bridges, railroads, airports and seaports—is essential to our State’s economy and job growth,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I’m pleased to see this significant grant approved, to help make important improvements to our State’s northern railway system and infrastructure, and I’m proud to stand with our job creators, like Twin Rivers in Madawaska, that it supports.”


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