Maine Bridges Worst in Nation

PORTLAND - A startling new report is out concerning the status of Maine's bridges, saying they're actually in some of the worst condition in the country.

The report released from Transportation of America today shows Maine ranks 9th in the U.S. for condition of state bridges. Meaning Mainers are regularly traversing possibly dangerous sections.
14.8% of bridges in the pine tree state were classified as deficient.

But GrowSmart Maine Executive Director, Nancy Smith, says this percentage is normal.  What the state does need to do is come up with a plan for the next 10 years.

Representative Mike Michaud is trying to make strides to improve these though, by introducing the "Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges Act," which will target funding for the necessary repairs.

Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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