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Maine Bridges are Safe, According to MDOT

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation says that public bridges in the Pine Tree State are safe.

A federal report on the National Bridge Safety Standard says that many of Maine's bridges have failed in two different criteria's -structurally deficient and fractured critical pieces.

The report mentions that some bridges here in Maine have failed in both categories.

Chip Getchell, the Director of Work Plan Division for the Maine Department of Transportation, says the MDOT examines public bridges every year and they are safe for use.

MDOT mentioned an adequate budget to maintain aging infrastructure is estimated at $105 million dollars.


The division currently receives $70 million annually.

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