|For Immediate Release
March 30, 2011
Public Information Office
|Tiger II Funding Secured For Memorial Bridge Replacement
Groundwork Completed For Obligation Of $20 Million Grant
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), in cooperation with the Maine Department of Transportation (Maine DOT), announces $20 million in federal funding has been obligated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the replacement of the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH-Kittery, Maine.
While the awarding of the $20 million TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the project was announced in October 2010, the grant faced uncertainty in 2011 as Congress has reviewed federal transportation spending.
“The critical TIGER II grant for the Memorial Bridge project has been saved by an extraordinary team effort that completed and delivered work in March that wasn’t due until July,” said NHDOT Commissioner George Campbell.
“This impressive cooperative approach at all levels has included the New Hampshire and Maine DOT’s, both state’s Governors and Congressional delegations, and three federal agencies. The success of this unprecedented effort will allow a critical project that connects New Hampshire and Maine to go forward. It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication to the project of everyone involved that this will happen,” Campbell added.
Necessary work that was expedited and completed to secure funding for the TIGER II grant included approvals of environmental and historical documentation, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between New Hampshire and Maine on the funding and need for the project, and a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the estimated $90 million project.