Here’s how Maine will spend $688 million on roads, bridges

Posted April 17, 2011, at 6:04 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2011, at 9:08 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine — The Memorial, Sarah Long and high-level Interstate 95 bridges are all listed among the $688.7 million in highway and bridge projects outlined in the Maine Department of Transportation’s Biennial Capital Work Plan for 2012-2013.

According to the MDOT, Maine’s four metropolitan planning organizations will receive the following transportation funds:

  • Kittery Area Comprehensive Transportation Study,  $2.8 million
  • Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, $23.6 million
  • Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center, $12.9 million
  • Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System, $10.9 million

The biennial work plan also includes $75.9 million in capital multimodal projects including aviation, industrial rail access, small harbors, transit and pedestrian facilities. Route 2 in Carmel, long a source of frustration for drivers, also is on the list. The department says more than 80 percent of the capital funding supports private sector jobs in the form of construction contracts, consultant services, private equipment rental and construction materials. It will create, sustain and support more than 21,000 jobs based on federal estimates.

State Sen. Dawn Hill stressed the importance of funding for the MDOT work plan and its investment to the area and entire state.

“A top priority for this area is addressing our gateway bridges,” said Hill. “This report highlights the projects ready for work, including funding for the Memorial Bridge replacement, maintenance of the I-95 Bridge, and preliminary work on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.”

“These projects are very important to our part of the state,” Hill continued. “The bridge work alone will ensure that Maine stays open and accessible for business, tourism, and transportation.”

In total, $34.4 million will go toward the state’s share of replacing the Memorial Bridge; the I-95 Bridge will receive just under $11 million for maintenance and future improvements; and $6 million for planning to improve the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

Below is a breakdown of transportation improvement projects in the Southern Maine region:

  • The state’s share for bridge replacement of the Memorial Bridge;
  • Preliminary engineering for future bridge improvements at the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge;
  • Preliminary engineering for future improvements on the I-95 Bridge;
  • Maintenance painting and surface replacement on the I-95 Bridge;
  • Preliminary engineering for future bridge replacement on the Kittery Overpass Bridge;
  • Intersection improvement at Route 1 and Route 103;
  • Highway resurfacing along Route 1 from the Lewis Road to the York town line;
  • Engineering for drainage and pedestrian safety improvements on Route 103 (Whipple Road), from Old Ferry Lane to Wyman Avenue; and
  • Installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Route 236 and Stevenson Road.
  • Intersection improvement at Route 236 and the Depot Road.
  • Highway reconstruction and improvements from Main Street to the Pan Am railroad tracks;
  • Strut replacements on Route 101 near Flynn’s Lane and near the Eliot-South Berwick town line; and
  • Highway resurfacing starting at the New Hampshire State Line and extending northerly on Route 4 for 1.17 miles.
  • Bridge rehabilitation on the Sewalls Bridge;
  • Nearly 7 miles of highway resurfacing on Route 1; and
  • Highway resurfacing on a half-mile section of the Spur Road.

Copyright (c) 2011, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

 

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