WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine will receive a total of $45 million to maintain and reconstruct bridges across the state.

This funding was authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Collins, a Republican and the ranking member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, was part of the core group of 10 senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Collins and King, an independent, both worked to negotiate and pass this historic legislation, which will deliver billions of dollars to Maine for investments in roads, bridges, broadband and more.

This funding will help to address the backlog of repairs needed for Maine’s transportation network.  Maine currently has more than 300 bridges considered to be “structurally deficient.”

“Improving Maine’s infrastructure is one of my top priorities as ranking member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee,” Collins said. “This $45 million investment to replace and rehabilitate deteriorated bridges will benefit residents and local economies across the state, particularly in rural communities. Without adequate funding for maintenance, bridges that fall into disrepair become unsafe and subject to eventual closure, resulting in substantial detours and economic harm.”

King said in the Oct. 20 announcement, “Go for a drive basically anywhere in the state of Maine, and you’ll see the need for investments in roads and bridges. Whether it’s potholes, erosion damage or rust, these vital arteries of our communities are aging — creating unsafe conditions, hampering our economy, and inflicting an average of more than $500 in annual repair costs for Maine drivers. … This funding to maintain and reconstruct bridges will improve our state’s infrastructure for decades, create good-paying jobs, and ensure that Maine people can travel without undue risks or expenses.”

FHWA announced that it is providing $59.9 billion in funding to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This funding is distributed annually by FHWA for the federal-aid Highway Program based on a statutory formula contained in the bipartisan infrastructure law.