Posted: December 12, 2011 | Senator Goodall, Transportation

AUGUSTA – Senator Seth Goodall (D-Sagadahoc) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that Maine’s Department of Transportation will be receiving nearly $11 million in federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant monies to replace the Richmond-Dresden bridge.

“This is great news for the communities of Richmond and Dresden and the entire State,” said Senator Goodall of Richmond. “Thanks to the time and effort put forth by Senator Collins and Congresswoman Pingree, our communities will benefit from this critical investment of state and federal dollars to our infrastructure.”

Goodall went on to thank the many area residents who attended last week’s forum on the bridge and added, “This is a key investment to our local economy–one that will create jobs for Maine people and improve the safety of an important road in the region.”

DOT officials plan on completing design work this winter and start construction on the new bridge as soon as next year. The replacement bridge is planned to be built along the north side of current one and work is expected to be completed by 2015.  The total cost for the bridge is expected to be approximately $25 million.

The current bridge, built in 1931, spans the Kennebec River between Richmond and Dresden and is used by approximately 3,200 vehicles per day.