Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that she secured $2,000,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill to support construction of Skowhegan’s Run of River project. Senator Collins is the Ranking Member and lead Republican on the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee.
The omnibus funding package passed the House and the Senate and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“Run of River is a visionary project that aims to utilize one of Skowhegan’s greatest assets—the Kennebec River—to help transform and revitalize downtown,” said Senator Collins. “Once completed, this project will make Skowhegan a destination and help draw new visitors to the region. I strongly advocated for this investment, which will help to spur economy activity in Skowhegan.”
“We couldn't be more thrilled or thankful for the support of Skowhegan's river park,” said Kristina Cannon, Run of River Committee Member and Main Street Skowhegan Executive Director. “River parks are proven tools for community development, as evidenced by dozens of others around the country. River revitalization projects in downtowns and urban corridors—like Skowhegan's river park—have positively impacted communities by connecting people to nature through outdoor recreation and creating economic prosperity by attracting tourists, businesses, and new residents. We are so grateful to Senator Collins and her team for their support of this transformative rural Maine project.”
Skowhegan will use this funding Senator Collins secured to construct shoreline seating, paved walkways and access trails, a riverfront promenade, and other infrastructure improvements to support the Run of River project.