The town received a $106,000 Small Harbor Improvement Grant from the Maine Dept. of Transportation, Town Administrator David Kinney said Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The grant will pay for replacement of the innermost and middle sections of the wooden wave screen in the harbor at Lincolnville Beach, Kinney said. The outermost screen was replaced in 2010, with work done by CPM Contractors of Freeport. The wave screen, Kinney explained, acts like a breakwater, calming the water in the harbor. The grant will pay half the $212,000 cost of the project, he said.

The town's share of the money will come from the Public Works and/or the Harbor Savings Account, Kinney said.

Selectmen approved the application for a state matching grant to fund harbor improvements Dec. 9.

Kinney said the town must update its plans for the screens and renew environmental permits before publishing a request for proposals, which he anticipated having out this summer. He expected work to start in the fall and to be complete by the end of the year.