Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:53

UMaine Composites Center gets $14.2 million University Transportion Center grant

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ORONO - Dozens gathered at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Wednesday to celebrate the facility's having landed a $14.2 million grant to improve transportation.

The center has been trying to find new uses for wood and other materials to make bridges and other structures.


The university will lead a coalition of six other New England universities on a project that will further that mission.


They hope to develop longer-lasting building materials that ultimately will save taxpayers money.


“I am so proud that UMaine led the coalition that won this highly competitive competition,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. “Especially, I know I shouldn't say this but I have to: We beat MIT.”


She was, of course, referring to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has won the grant several times in a row.


Collins helped secure the multi-million dollar grant through her work on the Transportation Appropriations subcommittee.


Those on hand also got to watch as the center tested a rapidly deployable bridge system that was designed to be built in as little as 72 hours and last for 100 years.

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...