BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials say $25 million in federal funds has been earmarked for a connecting road project in the Bangor area.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's office says the money will fund a connector road between Interstate 395 and Route 9, east of the Bangor and Brewer area. WABI-TV reports officials say the road will provide better access to Canadian markets when finished.

The road project has been heavily debated throughout the years.

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Information from: WABI-TV, http://www.wabi.tv