DEP awards grants for stream crossing and culvert upgrades

July 15, 2019

CONTACT: David Madore, Communications Director (207) 287-5842 david.madore@maine.gov

AUGUSTA, July 15, 2019 - Maine voters approved a bond package in November 2017 that included $5 million dollars for vital improvement projects including stream crossing and culvert upgrades. These monies fund competitive grants that match local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings and must be located on a municipal road. The projects awarded will: benefit public infrastructure by replacing several culverts that are currently failing and at risk of complete washouts, open fish spawning habitat, eliminate undersized and other impassable culverts and reduce some of the worst ongoing erosion impacts to streams, brooks, and lakes.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) received 40 applications to review which totaled over $3 million dollars in fund requests, the Department has issued over $2.5 million dollars in grant money through this round of applications.

Three previous rounds of culvert grants have resulted in a total of 72 culvert upgrade projects in Maine communities statewide and have expended $5.4 million dollars in bond funds earmarked for these infrastructure improvements.

Maine DEP is pleased to announce funds for the following 29 projects across the State:

Municipality Project location Amount awarded
Charleston Bacon Road $95,000
Charleston Garland Road $80,000
Farmington Clover Mill Road $95,000
Farmington Cummings Hill Road $95,000
Starks River Road $75,000
Washington Fitch Road $95,000
West Paris Ellingwood Road #1 $75,000
West Paris Ellingwood Road #2 $70,000
Marshfield Church Lane $35,300
Thomaston West Meadow Road $95,000
Whitefield Sennott Road $75,000
Cambridge Bridge Road $65,000
Cambridge Bailey Road $65,000
Lucerne in Maine Village Lake View Avenue $95,000
Houlton Morningstar Road $95,000
Palmyra Libby Hill Road $95,000
Turner Tidswell Road $95,000
Phillips Reeds Mills Road $95,000
Fryeburg Farnsworth Road $95,000
Rangeley Bald Mountain Road #1 $95,000
Rangeley Bald Mountain Road #2 $95,000
Cherryfield Willey District Road $89,140
Fayette Richmond Mills Road $93,730
Dexter Mill Street $95,000
Freeport West Street $95,000
Wilton Pond Road $79,985
York Mill Lane #2 $95,000
Auburn Soper Mill Road $95,000
Bristol Old Country Road $74,250

For more information including examples of successful applications and the master score sheet for this round please visit Maine DEP's website: https://www.maine.gov/dep/land/grants/stream-crossing-upgrade.html