Route 219 wins “Worst Road in Maine” contest

Posted Sept. 02, 2010, at 4:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A couple from central Maine who had to spend $1,000 in repair bills after their car went over a particularly bad pothole has won a $250 car repair gift certificate for their troubles.

The Maine Better Transportation Association announced Thursday that Martha and Roland Jordan have won the association’s “Worst Road in Maine” contest which documents the worst roadways across the state.

The Jordans’ entry was for Route 219 from Turner to Leeds, where Martha Jordan drove over a pothole that left her with a bent rim, a busted tire, a lost wheel bearing and a costly bill.

The contest was to draw attention to the condition of the state’s roads.

The contest runners-up were:

• Second prize: Route 141 in Swanville, nominated by Delbert and Mary Taylor Bunker.

• Third prize: River Road in Windham, nominated by John Mancini.

• Runner up: College Street in Lewiston, nominated by Paul Beaudette.

• Runner up: Forest Avenue in Orono, nominated by Peggy Leonard Markson.

• Runner up: Route 43 from Hudson to Old Town, nominated by Faith Pineo.

• Runner up: Route 220 from Washington to Thorndike, nominated by Laura Pepler Jade.

• Runner up: Route 161, west of Fort Kent, nominated by Steve Rusnack.

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