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Comments for: $10 million Piscataquis River bridge open in Howland, but not finished

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  • Anonymous

    They say all roads lead to Rome. But not if there’s a traffic circle involved. I’m glad the poor woman got someone to let her access her own driveway.

  • Anonymous

    I saw the flood that went through the late 80’s, and that store was basically wiped out. That bridge is a significant improvement and that area deserved it.

  • Anonymous

    How can a person operate an ATV on a town owned road without proof of insurance. What happens when one of these units runs into a vehicle, who is going to cover the damage? Maine law requires vecicles to have insurance to be able to operate on a public way so do they check ATV’s as well?

    • Anonymous

      Thats why you carry uninsuard an underinsuard

      • Ben Hutchins

        Oh, here we go again.

    • Ben Hutchins

      I don’t know, but I like how we’re just abandoning everything that was once known about the uses of roads.  Check out that phrasing: “… the bridge features a wide sidewalk — ample walking, cycling, ATV and snowmobile riding space. ”  Years ago, when I was taught what things were for, it was very strongly stressed that you don’t ride your bicycle on the sidewalk, nor your ATV or snowmobile on anything that could even be mistaken for a public road, much less the sidewalk.  Not any more, apparently!  Now it seems the sidewalk is for anything that’s not a car.  So never mind what happens when an ATV hits a car, that’s the least of the problems this interesting new take on road usage is inviting.

  • Ben Hutchins

    Dear DOT: You’re kidding with the rotary, right?  OK, joke’s over, you got us.  You can put the proper intersection back now.

    • Anonymous

      i love roundabouts.  much better traffic flow than other types of intersections.  Unfortunately some drivers are too stupid to properly navigate them.

      • Anonymous

        We need a live traffic cam setup at the rotary and the benny hill theme song. 

      • Ben Hutchins

        Right, ’cause what Howland desperately needed was improved traffic efficiency.

        • Because there is so much traffic through Howland…. I thought that was another silly use of government money.  That, and I hate traffic circles.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yes if you have not experienced the Howland Rotary and need a good laugh–.  Honest to God really 10 million dollars of taxpayers money I really wonder how these people come up with these ideas.  I wonder how the town ever survived for 70 or 80 years,  believe me the traffic in this area is not what one would call heavy.  But I guess as long as the ATV and snowmobile club can link the trails now its worth it————not.  

  • Ben Hutchins

    Hang on, I just realized what’s wrong with the rotary, apart from the fact that it’s completely unnecessary in that location – no statue.  It needs a statue with a flower garden around the base.  The traditional thing would be a Civil War  general on horseback, but in this context I think a nice full-scale bronze of Governor LePage standing next to a DOT pickup in that raised-finger Now See Here pose from the Republican state convention stock photo – you know the one, the BDN’s been using it for months – would be most appropriate.

    • PaulNotBunyan

      Many of those old statues should have “drugs sold here” signs added to them.

      • Ben Hutchins

        In the middle of a rotary?  Those are some intrepid junkies.  I have to give them credit for that.

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