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Appleton gets DEP grant for Pettengill Stream crossing

By Gabriel Blodgett | Feb 04, 2020
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett Appleton has received a matching grant from the Maine DEP to upgrade the West Appleton Road crossing of Pettengill Stream.

Appleton — Appleton has been awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade the West Appleton Road crossing of Pettengill Stream.

The award is part of the second round of funding that will provide the town with $95,000 in matching funds for the upgrade. The crossing is currently marked as a one-lane bridge.

The press release from the Maine DEP states the funding is intended to “benefit public infrastructure by replacing several culverts that are currently failing and at risk of complete washouts, open or improve fish spawning habitat, eliminate undersized and other impassable culverts and reduce some of the worst ongoing erosion impacts to streams, brooks, and lakes.”

Select Board Chairman John Fenner said the project will still require residents to approve the matching funds at the June Annual Town Meeting.

According to Fenner, the grant application was submitted by Jeff Senders of Camden-based Senders Science, Engineering and Construction and was approved on Feb. 3.

There were 49 applications submitted for this round of funding, of which 27 were chosen. All applications were graded on a scale of one to 100, with 25 possible points for both public infrastructure information and cost and budget Information, and 50 for environmental benefit.

Union was also awarded $95,000 in a matching grant for upgrades to Clarry Hill Road. Both projects received scores of 72, tied for fourteenth.


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