Stories about Maine Department of Transportation

A 75-vehicle pileup shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 between Newport and Bangor most of Feb. 25.

Speed led to 75-car pileup on I-95, speed limit sign recordings show

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 04, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
CARMEL | Most drivers in the area were traveling at least 10 mph over the posted 45-mph speed limit around the time of a massive pileup on Interstate 95 last week, according to data collected by the Maine Department of Transportation. The flashing hazardous-weather speed limit signs along the …
Traffic passes on Hogan Road in the area where the city hopes to build crosswalks and sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety. There currently are no pedestrian facilities on Hogan Road.

Project to make Hogan Road safer for pedestrians takes first step

By Nick McCrea on July 15, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR | City officials and the Maine Department of Transportation will sit down to hash out a plan to make a busy stretch of road near the Bangor Mall more hospitable for pedestrians. The city’s infrastructure committee backed a $30,000 agreement with MDOT to design and plan a project …
Lights direct truck and car traffic on and off the existing international bridge in Fort Kent leading into New Brunswick. Several feet to the right, construction continues on its replacement.

Ongoing bridge construction in Fort Kent will force heavy trucks to detour this summer

By Julia Bayly on May 20, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
There is still a lot of work to be done and at least two scheduled traffic disruptions, but officials are confident the new international bridge connecting Maine and New Brunswick will be open for all drivers later this summer. Work should be complete and all lanes …
The frozen St. John River passes through Fort Kent and around the pilings of the old international bridge and the new bridge under construction. Officials are keeping an eye on the additional pilings in case ice starts to jam up there this spring.

‘It is a concern': Pair of bridges raises possibility of ice jams on St. John River

By Julia Bayly on March 25, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine – For communities along the state’s rivers and lakes, spring means rising water levels and flood watches as the snowpack and ice melt. Along the St. John River in and west of Fort Kent, there is another factor that could contribute to how the river ice behaves …

Interstate 395-Route 9 connector won’t be built in the next 3 years

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 21, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The man overseeing the proposed Interstate 395-Route 9 connector announced last week that the project is not on the Maine Department of Transportation’s work plan for the next three years, a delay one local official said will provide opponents time to kill the controversial plan. The DOT’s …
People who waited in line to get into the 36th annual Bangor Gun Show at the Cross Insurance Center on Sept. 7, 2013, slowly start to make their way inside.

Traffic problems during Cross Center events concern Bangor officials

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 22, 2013, at 3:01 p.m.
City officials are trying to figure out the best way to ease traffic congestion during events at the Cross Insurance Center. The first few events at the new arena have drawn swarms of motorists to Main Street in Bangor, causing traffic to back up as vehicles slowly …

LePage signs budget for highway fund into law

By Matthew Stone on June 26, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday signed into law a $614 million highway budget that encountered little resistance in the Legislature. The two-year highway budget funds the Maine Department of Transportation, the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and part of the Maine State Police. LePage signed it into …
The Memorial Bridge (top), Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (middle), and Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge (foreground) are shown.

Ship owner claims Maine, NH negligent in bridge crash

By Jim Haddadin, Foster's Daily Democrat on May 18, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH — Transportation officials in Maine and New Hampshire are declining to comment on claims that negligence by the two states played a part in the tanker crash that damaged the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. In April, the states filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Harbour Feature, a …

Bill to increase weight limit on Ashland road could lead to 50 more mill jobs

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on May 01, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.
Legislation to increase the allowable truck weight limit by 100,000 pounds on just under a mile of roadway here could lead to the creation of 50 jobs or more at the former Fraser mill site. “This request is for an exemption to allow increased truck capacities from …
Eddington Town Manager Russell Smith (left) and Planning Board member Gretchen Heldmann discuss their Freedom of Access Act requests sent to the Maine Department of Transportation about the 1-395/Route 9 Transportation Study on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Eddington residents learn state plans ‘rolling rural’ route for I-395/Route 9 connector

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 17, 2013, at 9:56 p.m.
Documents provided to the town under Maine’s Freedom of Access Act reveal that the state Department of Transportation has scaled back the scope and cost of a proposed Interstate 395-Route 9 connector road that would affect local property owners. Town officials last October filed a FOAA request …

Maine State Employees Association uses finance chief’s statements to push for raises

By Christopher Cousins on March 05, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s largest public employee union Tuesday called on the state’s finance commissioner to follow his own advice and negotiate higher pay for state workers. Maine State Employees Association has started a lobbying campaign highlighting comments made last week by Sawin Millett, the state’s finance chief, to make …
In an attempt to keep motorists from hitting eagles, state officials have set up a variable message sign newly set near mile 242 on Interstate 95 in Medway, seen here on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

Bald eagle crossing signs up along I-95 as strikes becoming more common

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 23, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.
Bald eagles used to be an endangered species. Now they are numerous enough that state officials are working to keep them from becoming road kill. The confluence of the Penobscot River, Interstate 95 and Route 11 and the thick woods near them make a seven-mile stretch between Medway and Sherman …
Eddington Town Manager Russell Smith (left) and Planning Board member Gretchen Heldmann discuss their Freedom of Access Act requests sent to the Maine Department of Transportation about the 1-395/Route 9 Transportation Study on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Eddington official sues MDOT for documents, MDOT responds by posting items

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 12, 2013, at 2:54 p.m.
Town officials want to know how the state chose the preferred route for the planned Interstate 395-Route 9 connector, so four months ago they filed a Freedom of Access Act request to see documents the state compiled in making its choice. They recently learned that the town …
The Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, two of the three bridges that link Maine to New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River.

Portsmouth-Kittery drawbridge could reopen to traffic Monday

BDN staff and wire reports on Jan. 27, 2013, at 8:55 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that has been closed to traffic since last Wednesday could be reopened by Monday morning. Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said Saturday night that the bridge reopened to marine traffic at 6:40 p.m Saturday allowing vessels — including oil tankers …

Eddington leaders upset over lack of Interstate 395-Route 9 connector info

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 21, 2012, at 4:25 p.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation is again in hot water with town leaders who are upset about the lack of communication over the last five months regarding the proposed Interstate 395-Route 9 connector. Selectmen on Wednesday filed a Freedom of Access Act request with Richard Hewes, a …
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The BBC Orinico, a St. John-based heavy bulk lifting cargo ship unloads freight at Mack Point in Searsport.

Bond money would speed road work, upgrade ports

By Tom Groening on Oct. 13, 2012, at 1:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | If voters approve the Question 4 bond request on the Nov. 6 ballot, the state’s planned road and bridge work will benefit from an injection of money, resulting in more work being completed, according to Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot. Most of the $51.5 million that …
Tom Testa, president of the nonprofit Downeast Scenic Railroad, waits for Saturday's train to return to the boarding area in Ellsworth. The trains run twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Downeast Scenic Railroad rolls on as ‘labor of love’ for volunteers

By Tom Groening on Aug. 26, 2012, at 1:26 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Lots of smiles, photos and thank yous marked a run of the Downeast Scenic Railroad on Saturday, a fine summer day in a long string of them that has helped the nonprofit excursion line continue to roll through its third season. But the relaxed atmosphere created by …
The first cars on Maine's newest 3.8 miles of road were some of the oldest. About 30 antique and vintage automobiles and trucks took the maiden cruise down the Caribou Connector after it opened Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Among the first passengers was David Bernhardt, Maine Department of Transportation commissioner. Earlier that morning the roadway was opened to bicycle and foot traffic.

New Caribou Connector roadway using ‘bridge-in-a-backpack’ technology opens

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2012, at 8:17 p.m.
They came by bicycle, by roller-skis, by scooters, skateboards, strollers and on foot to roll or walk over the new Caribou Connector before it opened to motorized traffic Friday afternoon. The Maine Department of Transportation teamed up Friday morning with the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department to …

Lincolnville ferry service back to normal after mechanical problem

The Associated Press on July 06, 2012, at 5:30 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Department of Transportation said ferry service is getting back to normal following a mechanical problem at the ferry terminal in Lincolnville. The transfer bridge malfunctioned on Tuesday, making it impossible for people to move between the ferry and the terminal. Because of the problem, the …
John Jaques, executive director of the proposed Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, meets with the media after Monday's meeting of the Maine Charter School Commission, July 2, 2012.

Charter school commission delays vote on proposed Baxter Academy in Portland

By Seth Koenig on July 02, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Representatives from the proposed Baxter Academy for Technology and Science will have to wait at least two more weeks before learning the fate of their proposed Portland charter school. Many expected the Maine Charter School Commission to vote Monday on whether to approve or deny the academy, …