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Memorial Bridge Gets $355K Federal Grant For Sensor Network

PORTSMOUTH — The Memorial Bridge is receiving $355,000 federal grant for a sensor network that will “create a self-diagnosing, self-reporting smart infrastructure,” according to federal officials.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced more than $7.1 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment demonstration program to fund nine projects across the country, including the Memorial Bridge. The grants will be used for cutting-edge traffic safety improvements that can be replicated nationwide, according to Foxx.

The Memorial Bridge money comes via a grant to the N.H. Department of Transportation. The project will be the Granite State’s first case where structural, traffic and environmental monitoring programs will be integrated, according to Foxx.

The bridge connects Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, over the Piscataqua River on Route 1.

“Innovation requires creative thinking and investment,” said Secretary Foxx. “These state DOTs, along with the National Park Service, are building roads and bridges that are saving time, money, and lives. Now it’s up to Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill so that states have the resources to continue delivering better, more innovative infrastructure.”

News article from:
http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150728/NEWS/150729188/101017/NEWS

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