UMaine to use $14M from feds to launch infrastructure center

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ORONO, Maine. (WABI) - The University of Maine says it has won an award of about $14 million from the Federal Government to launch a new center about improving infrastructure.

The award is from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

UMaine will use it to create the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center.

The school says the center will seek to save public money by extending the usefulness of pieces of infrastructure like bridges, roads and railways.

UMaine says DOT is providing the money for a UMaine-led coalition of schools that also includes several out of state universities.

It's the first time Maine has been selected as a regional hub for such research.