AUGUSTA — Maine Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt says the state’s going to do more work with less money during the next two years.

Bernhardt today unveiled a $765 million transportation plan for the two years starting in July. Bernhardt says the 1,763 miles of highways to be improved is on a par with the current total and hundreds of miles higher than the previous total. It also includes 35 bridge replacements and 53 bridge rehabilitations.

While spending is less, Bernhardt says core programs are maintained and in some cases expanded.

The plan is being presented as a key transportation revenue source – the fuel tax – is being scaled back. The Legislature’s Transportation Committee has embraced the governor’s budget proposal to scrap linking the gasoline tax to increases in consumer prices.

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