Maine getting federal funding for transportation projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WABI) - $26 million more in federal funding is coming to Maine for transportation projects.

The projects are throughout the state, including one in Waterville, which is getting more than $7.3 million.

Senator Susan Collins is the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee.

We spoke to her earlier at her office in Washington about what this funding means for Maine roads and infrastructure.

"Maine has a big backlog of infrastructure needs, having this money awarded now will give the state Department of Transportation, the City of Waterville, and these other communities time to get the plans fully in place so that the construction projects can begin when the construction season comes around in the spring," says Collins.

She says the projects will create jobs and reduce traffic congestion while increasing safety.