Maine receives federal money for Route 136 repairs


AUBURN — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $1 million in Federal Highway Emergency Relief funding to Maine for the reconstruction of Route 136 in Auburn following storm damage in 2008, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Wednesday.

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, the funds are to reimburse the state for the reconstruction of a section of the road just north of the Durham line. The work is currently nearing completion.

Following heavy rain and subsequent flooding in 2008, a section of riverbank between the Androscoggin River and Route 136 slid into the river. Part of the Route 136 shoulder collapsed into the river and the guardrail along the shoulder of the road hung in the air. The damage forced the closure of the road. The section of roadway has since been permanently moved farther away from the river.