The City of Caribou and the Town of Fort Kent just received a combined $350,000 worth of grants for local infrastructure projects.
In Caribou, $100,000 will go toward demolishing and cleaning up the former Birdseye processing plan on Route 1 for eventual reuse.
In Fort Kent, $250,000 will go toward installing approximately 800 ft. of concrete block system and fill from the Fish River Bridge on East Main St. to the existing levee on the St. John River.
Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, announced that $1,557,484 has been awarded to a number of Maine economic and infrastructure development programs across the 2nd Congressional District. The grants are awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“In order for our communities in Maine to prosper and create the necessary environment to grow jobs and allow businesses to prosper, they must have the ability to modernize and improve their infrastructure,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Whether it be fixing a sewer system, supporting efforts to revitalize local attractions for tourism, or reconstructing pedestrian sidewalks, infrastructure development is key to our communities’ success. I’m tremendously pleased our communities across the State of Maine will be receiving this important support.”
Grants are approved by the Federal Government’s representative to the NBRC and State Governors based on the prioritization of applications by each State.