ORONO – The University of Maine has landed a $14.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation, beating out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the funding.
UMaine will be working with five other New England Schools, leading the regional hub in transportation research and study.
It is called the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center and will help Maine and other New England states by reducing costs for the transportation department and the public.
Researchers will be looking at ways to extend the life of existing bridges and help build longer-lasting assets. The study, which will get underway this fall, will last five years.