Portland gets federal funds for Bayside Trail

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PORTLAND — U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced this week that the city will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding for the Bayside Trail.

The trail, which is partially complete and connects with the East End Trail near Tukey’s Bridge, received about $800,000 in federal funds in 2009.

The latest grant funding comes from the Department of Transportation’s Transportation, Community and System Preservation program and will be used to continue design and construction of the trail.

City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the money will help fund improvements to the trail at the East End/Bayside trail junction. That work is expected to begin in early spring 2011.

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