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$20M Grant To Help Replace Maine-NH Bridge

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – A deteriorating bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire will be getting a multimillion-dollar replacement.

Top elected officials from the two states joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday as he formally announced a $20 million grant to help pay for the replacement of the aging Memorial Bridge that links Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. The grant will help New Hampshire partner with Maine to replace the bridge.

The two states jointly own three bridges over the Piscataqua River.

In 2009, the metal truss bridge made it to a national list of endangered properties.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch and members of the states’ congressional delegations attended the event.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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