ACADIA NAT’L PARK — About $68.3 million worth of infrastructure maintenance projects in Acadia have been on hold for more than a year because of a lack of funding, according to a report issued last week by the National Park Service (NPS).
Acadia’s “deferred maintenance” backlog includes about $29 million for paved roads, $11.4 million for unpaved roads, $10.1 million for trails, $8.8 million for buildings, nearly $2.8 million for water and waste water systems, $1 million for employee housing, $165,000 for campgrounds and about $5 million for other infrastructure maintenance projects.
America’s 59 national parks and 353 other NPS units, such as national monuments and national historic sites, have a combined backlog of deferred maintenance worth $11.5 billion.
For the current fiscal year, Congress approved $90 million more for non-transportation maintenance projects than the NPS received in the previous year. Congress also passed a highway bill that will provide $28 million more for transportation-related NPS projects for a total of $268 million. That amount is to increase by $8 million a year until it reaches $300 million in 2020.
“The funds Congress provided for fiscal year 2016 will help us as we move toward the goal of restoring our highest priority non-transportation assets to good condition,” Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider said.
He said passage of the highway bill means Acadia will have the resources “to help address the growing needs of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves our gateway communities, as well as the park.”