Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center has been awarded $5,250,800 for fiscal year 2020 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
“The University of Maine’s Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center is at the forefront of efforts to transform our nation’s transportation system through cutting-edge solutions,” said Senator Collins. “This funding will foster UMaine’s important research to build more durable bridges, roads, and rail lines, which will help improve safety and save taxpayer dollars.”
In 2018, UMaine was selected by the DOT to lead a newly created University Transportation Center (UTC). The UTC agreement will provide up to $14.2 million over five years for the UMaine-led coalition of six New England universities. Senators Collins and Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to the DOT in support of the proposal submitted by UMaine to be selected for this highly-competitive program.