MACHIAS, Maine — The bond package passed in the final hours of the Legislature this week includes funding to rebuild portions of Route 1 in Washington County.
The county repairs are part of a $57.8 transportation bond package that will be on the June ballot.
If approved by voters, the bond package will help fund long-sought improvements to severely degraded sections of Route 1 in Whiting and Pembroke as part of the Maine Department of Transportation’s capital program this year.
“I am very pleased that Washington County will benefit from this package,” Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Perry, said in a prepared statement. “It was important to me to reduce the unaffordable $85 million bond package down to a fiscally responsible level. At the same time, I worked to ensure that $4 million for vital improvements to Route 1 Down East were included within that smaller amount. This is a very good outcome for Washington County residents.”
In addition to the reconstruction work contained in the bond, the DOT has slated more than 121 miles of paving and two bridge projects for Senate District 29 this summer. The bridge projects are scheduled for Route 191 in Berry Township and Route 1 in Princeton.
Raye said he and Reps. Dave Burns, R-Whiting, Howard McFadden, R-Dennysville, and Dianne Tilton, R-Harrington, have pushed aggressively for improvements to Down East roads. Raye twice drove Transportation Commissioner David Cole across roads in his district, most recently on March 5.
“We still have unmet needs, but the work scheduled for this year will result in significant improvements to the transportation system of our region,” Raye said in the statement.
Among the remaining needs cited by Raye is improving the Grand Lake Stream Road, an issue the Washington County senator continues to raise with DOT officials.