AUGUSTA — The replacement of the aging bridge between Richmond and Dresden in southern Maine will receive nearly $11 million in federal funding.

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation say the Department of Transportation will award $10.8 million for the project, which has an overall cost of $24.9 million.

The Maine Department of Transportation lists replacement of the 80-year-old bridge, which carries traffic over the Kennebec River on Route 197, as one of its top infrastructure priorities.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she was alarmed to see the deteriorated condition of the bridge when she visited the site Dec. 2 with state and local officials.

The state says a new bridge could be in place by December 2015.

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