Comments for: From roads to dams, civil engineers grade Maine’s infrastructure a C-

Posted Dec. 06, 2012, at 5:53 p.m.

AUGUSTA | The condition of Maine’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure has barely budged in the past four years, highlighting the need for a long-term and sustainable funding stream for infrastructure improvements. That’s according to a new report card from the state’s affiliate of the American Society of …

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  • Dope Boy

    Sorry people, we in the ‘tea-party’ Republican movement say NO to safe infrastructure. F—’em, they can buy water in a bottle. Let the parents home school their own children, they’ll be less people on the bridges and roads then. People like me and Mitt Romney didn’t get rich giving a d-mn about this nation and it’s people.

    You want a crumbling infrastructure repair that creates jobs, good luck, cause President Obama won’t be able to touch my off-shore accounts. I’ve worked hard for every penny I ever made, even if at times it was more underhanded then from a righteous endeavor.

    And I might add as Mitt supports the Mormon church with ‘tax-deductible’ donations, I’ve stood on street corners in the past at holiday seasons passing out ‘tax-deductible’ $5.00 bills and 10% off coupons at one of my many stores.

    • Anonymous

      As a Tea Party Democratic I feel everything should be budgeted, No Bonds for any reason.. You Capt. are no tea party repub.. you try to distort common sense.

      • Anonymous

        He has none, and wouldn’t know it if it bit his butt.

      • FrankC

        Capt. Smith was being facetious !

    • Anonymous

      “President Obama won’t be able to touch my off-shore accounts. I’ve worked hard for every penny I ever made”.

      Sounds like you are doing very well, keep up the good work!

      • Dope Boy

        You sound as crooked as me and Mitt. Welcome to the club.

        • Anonymous

          No I am not crooked, I keep all my hard earned money here so
          when Obama needs it to give away it will be available.

          • Dope Boy

            Well, if you want to know the truth, I have pledge to the President to bring some jobs back to the States. With a fair wage and yes benefits.

            My shareholders will take a little hit, but still make out like bandits. (and yes as well I’m doing it to protect myself cause by law he can come after everything)

    • Anonymous

      Actually, if you think this through and I know that is difficult for you, you will note that because democrats chose to increase welfare spending by about 700% over 40 years of dictatorial rule, there is no money left for infrastructure. I guess we need a huge tax increase in Maine. Trouble is, there are so few of us left in Maine that actually pay income tax.

  • Anonymous

    I dont agree with the millionaire Capt Smith.

    • Dope Boy

      Try billionaire.. (yeah I’m arrogant and just as full of b.s. as any super wealthy person is) How wealthy you might wonder, in my business Donald Trump would only be an errand boy to Warren Buffet or Bill Gates.

  • Anonymous

    Roads and schools are falling apart, but — hey — we have that new “open for business” sign, so we’re all set, right?

    • Anonymous

      It wasn’t the Reps. that let this happen over the last sixteen or
      more years. Or have you forgotten the Dems. had been running the show.

      • Anonymous

        But, but, but…..what about the railroad and ferry bond money that your beloved governor refuses to release? Remember? those passed in 2009, a year before he was elected? Because it’s “fiscally irresponsible”? No improvement to infrastructure bond has ever been labelled as fiscally irresponsible by one person overruling the electorate. ,…..until “The Agitator” took office, how’s he working for you on infrastructure improvement? I don’t know of a politician who in some way or another agrees that infrastructure is one of the most solid investments a state can make, again, until now.

        • Anonymous

          Did someone bait & switch the money here? I didn’t know the bond money for railroads was now earmarked for Highways and bridges and Dams. Those sneaky Republicans!!!

          • Anonymous

            If you read the article, railroads received a “D” rating. Railroads are part of infrastructure. Do you think highways and bridges are the only components of infrastructure? Oh my…….

        • Anonymous

          For you to believe that the unissued railroad bonds created this mess is a joke and I hope that you meant it as such.

          • Anonymous

            What I’m referring are solutions. He can rant and rave, blame democrats for not supporting infrastructure programs and you and I know that that simply isn’t the truth. What I’m concerned about is beginning to look towards solutions; going forward. LePage? Who knows what he is thinking, but it’s certainly not infrastructure. For you to be interested on what created this mess, and not seeing or look for solutions to address it, is the joke.

          • FrankC

            “For you to be interested on what created this mess, and not seeing or look for solutions to address it, is the joke.”

            I agree – you now see what its been like for 12 years of “Its Bush’s fault” baloney. Where are and what are the reasonable proposed solutions instead of ranting about LePage?

          • Anonymous

            You don’t get it do you? Blame isn’t the solution. If you have somewhere to go and get a flat tire…..I suppose you would look for the cause of the flat. Instead of changing the tire and get to where you need to be?

            Hydro Quebec- 1980’s
            East West Highway- 1980’s
            Tidal Power 1990’s
            Railroads throughout both. (the trucker’s killed that one)
            Refusal to adopt Federal transportation rules
            Refusal of towns to develope comprehensive development plans (1980’s)

            These are but a few, there have been many, many opportunities to assist our infrastructure. Here’s a new one for ya……Don’t let the Turnpike keep all of their tolls and use some of the money in the recreational areas? How’s that?

  • Anonymous

    Not a very good ranking when people’s lives are put in danger from roads, bridges, railroads, etc. that are in very poor condition.
    Priorities! There is no minimizing the importance of good and safe infrastructure, Anyone who does….shame!

  • Good enough! A “C” is average. That’s exactly what we should strive for in a state expenditure!

    • Dope Boy

      A C – is below average. (note the – symbol in the article tittle)

      • Anonymous

        For a state that touts tourism and recreation as much as Maine, a C minus isn’t something that one should be satisfied with.

  • Anonymous

    ““This report is a call to action to improve our quality of life here in Maine,” said Will Haskell, president of the Maine section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and vice president of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers in Gray.” So true, civil engineers do improve their quality of life when they get more income from designing infrastructure.

    • Anonymous

      hahahahahaha

      Why do we think alike?

  • Anonymous

    Funding infrastructure maintenance isn’t the sexiest thing to spend tax dollars on but it may be among the most important. Today’s maintenance delayed is tomorrow’s very expensive maintenance or replacement. It is a helluva lot cheaper to maintain (repair) a road or bridge than it is to rebuild it from scratch.

    Spending on infrastructure is like spending on education — we’re preparing for a future we can’t really see clearly but we know that safe roads and an educated populace are probably going to be useful.

  • Anonymous

    Infrastructure repairs and building are key during an economic down turn to put money into the economy, in order to be ready and as an incentive to businesses to stay and relocate to Maine when the economy turns around.

  • Anonymous

    Infrastructure is a pay me now or pay me later thing. We have been opting to pay later for quite a few years now. Looks like later is here. How did our ancestors manage to build all these roads and bridges in the first place? I’ll bet they didn’t spend half the budget for a project “studying” and “engineering” it. I’ll bet they bought concrete and asphalt with the money and got to work.

  • Anonymous

    It may be worse than “C-” after another winter. This is the result of “Cut, cut, cut” going back decades, And Guv Paul won’t even spend bond money voters have already approved. Infrastructure is *why* we have government, folks. Infrastructure and public safety.

  • Anonymous

    So, things haven’t gotten worse, and we are above the National average.
    Still, the posters here find reason for outrage, and another chance to hurl insults.

  • Anonymous

    A wise man once said, “C is for cookie, and that’s good enough for me.” Wait……

  • Briney

    Amazing. Yet another report that paints Maine poorly, yet no Le Page to snicker and condemn us for having poor roads and bridges.

    Wonder why?

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