PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) - Despite not getting money from the federal government, Maine and New Hampshire officials say they still plan to include a rail line as part of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project.

A request for a 25 million dollar federal grant has been rejected. The aging bridge spans the Piscataqua river. The rail line carries nuclear waste out of the Portsmouth naval Shipyard. The plan was to have the new bridge ready in November 2017.

The old bridge would be closed for six months, from May of that year to October. The project is due to begin next year at a cost of 160 million dollars.

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