Stories about Maine Department of Transportation


Brewer-Orrington road work starts Sunday night

on June 22, 2012, at 4:02 p.m.
Paving work, guardrail repair and curb installation will begin on Route 15, South Main Street, in Orrington on Sunday night, June 24, the Maine Department of Transportation said. The work will begin just before Cleveland Avenue in Orrington and extend approximately a half mile into Brewer to …
Crews work on framing up the last few concrete forms inside Alfond Arena in Orono during a project last year.

New Alfond Way to connect University of Maine athletic facilities

By Pete Warner on June 04, 2012, at 9:03 p.m.
ORONO | The late Harold Alfond and the Harold Alfond Foundation have been instrumental in funding the construction and renovations of pivotal athletic facilities at the University of Maine. The university is showing its appreciation by building something in honor of the Alfonds and their generosity. UMaine this summer …

Hadlock Field area to get road improvements

The Associated Press on May 10, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
PORTLAND | The roads and sidewalks around Hadlock Field in Portland are getting an upgrade. The Maine Department of Transportation told residents at an informational session Wednesday night that work on the $810,000 project is expected to begin after Labor Day and take about two months to complete. Improvements …

Residents unhappy with lack of answers on I-395-Route 9 connector

By Dawn Gagnon on May 02, 2012, at 11:23 p.m.
EDDINGTON | Though the purpose of a public hearing Wednesday night was to gather public comment for an environmental impact study, the roughly 200 people who turned up were more concerned about the Interstate 395-Route 9 connector’s impact on people. Some of those who took to the microphone in …
A sinkhole shut down parts of Old County Road in Rockland Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

If your roads are ugly, MBTA wants to read about it

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 08, 2012, at 6:13 p.m.
Maria Fuentes doesn’t want to read about roads that are bad, she wants roads that are downright ugly: pothole-festooned nightmares that wreck vehicle suspensions and cause motorists to yelp in pain when the chasms in the byways swallow wheels. Her Maine Better Transportation Association will hold its third-annual “Worst Roads …
Fort Knox is reflected in the Penobscot River looking from Bucksport  in the fall of 2010.

Deal in the works to privatize operations of Fort Knox

By Abigail Curtis on April 06, 2012, at 3:40 p.m.
PROSPECT | Fort Knox State Historic Site is on track to becoming the only privatized park in the state, if Gov. Paul LePage signs off on an agreement between the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the nonprofit group the Friends of Fort Knox. The state will retain …

Maine Department of Transportation ad poking fun at Islesboro mistakenly published in BDN

By Eric Russell on March 28, 2012, at 1:40 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A “spoof draft” of a public notice advertisement from the Maine Department of Transportation that was never supposed to be seen by the general public was mistakenly published Wednesday in the Bangor Daily News. Contained in the text of the ad were comments that poked fun at …
A van-pool program that is a service of GoMaine will be phased out by May 1, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

DOT will discontinue van-pool service, hopes private firm picks up slack

By Eric Russell on Feb. 27, 2012, at 2:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Transportation plans to phase out its van-pool program by May 1, but it hopes participants will transition to a private company that offers a similar service. Sue Moreau, who manages passenger services for MDOT, said the change was precipitated by finances and not …

Searsport to receive state’s largest marine crane

The Associated Press on Feb. 10, 2012, at 5:24 a.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation says a marine crane that has a 144 metric ton lift capacity will be the state’s largest such crane when it arrives. The crane is due to arrive in Searsport on Friday. A specialty heavy lift transport vessel is expected to arrive …
Jimmy McLaughlin, yard loader for the City of Bangor Public Works on Maine Avenue, gets a load of salt from the salt shed to fill a truck during the snowfall on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.

Winterless winter? For good or bad, it’s not over till it’s over

By Tom Walsh on Jan. 18, 2012, at 5:55 p.m.
BANGOR | While a winter marked by very little winter weather may have some Mainers morose — think snowmobilers, skiers and those who ice fish — that’s not the case for many of the bean counters who work for state, county and local governments. Collectively, local, regional and state …
Even on an off-season, snowy day on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, Route 1 through downtown Wiscasset is busy with traffic and pedestrians.

Permanent solutions elusive for chronic traffic congestion on Route 1

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 08, 2012, at 4:01 p.m.
WISCASSET | Over, under and around all have been scrapped, which leaves through as the only answer for one of Maine’s worst traffic bottlenecks. Anyone who travels Route 1 in the summer knows the situation in Wiscasset: sometimes miles-long lines of traffic inching toward the town that calls itself …
The construction on the I-395 bridge over the Penobscot River is seen in November 2011.

Construction firms buckling down in wake of decreased road and bridge work funding

By Matt Wickenheiser on Dec. 14, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.
Maine construction firms are bracing for a lean future as overall funding of road and bridge work is set to drop by about a third entering the new year. According to numbers from the Office of Fiscal and Policy Review, Maine invested $582.9 million in roads and bridges in the …
The driver of a tractor-trailer loaded with pulp wood lost control of his vehicle on this curve in Cambridge in August 2011, sending both the truck and the logs into the Cambridge General Store.

Truck-tipping signs to be added to dangerous Cambridge intersection after crash

By Alex Barber on Dec. 11, 2011, at 12:26 p.m.
In response to a tractor-trailer tipping over and crashing into a store near a dangerous curve in August, the Maine Department of Transportation will place truck-tipping signs at the intersection of Routes 150 and 152. DOT spokesman Ted Talbot said the signs will be in place within …
A city plow truck finishes removing the white stuff on Forest Avenue in Bangor on a snowy morning in March 2011.

What it takes to move the snow: More than 450 trucks, and that’s just in Bangor

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 23, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
While the the late October snowstorm caught more than a few people in Maine — and even some municipal road maintenance agencies — by surprise, Wednesday’s storm did not. Local and state crews were fully staffed, ready and “blades down” when snowflakes began to accumulate into snow …
Newly inaugurated Passamaquoddy Tribal Governor Joseph Socobasin leads the Tribal Council and community members in a traditional dance Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.

Passamaquoddy Tribe gives MDOT $1.9 million for highway projects

on Nov. 09, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe on Tuesday presented two checks totaling $1.9 million to Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt. Indian Township has been successful in accessing federal highway money through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservation Road Program, …

Portland’s Veterans Memorial Bridge scheduled for five-night closure

By Paul J. Warner on Oct. 18, 2011, at 8:24 p.m.
The existing Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed for five nights because of construction of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge, according to the Maine Department of Transportation website. The existing bridge, which connects Portland’s West End to South Portland over the Fore River, will be closed from …
Gov. Paul LePage delivers a speech Wednesday during a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open Portland's Ocean Gateway Pier II, sometimes colloquially called the city's "megaberth."

LePage lauds new Portland cruise ship pier, calls for income tax cut for pensioners

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 12, 2011, at 6:46 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday afternoon lauded the opening of Portland’s new floating pier for cruise ships as a new era for Maine tourism, and said he will propose a bill waiving income taxes on pensioners so in-state retirees can recreate like the cruise visitors. “We want …

Hermon considering weight limits on some town roads

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 03, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.
Town councilors will hold a public hearing Thursday night on a proposed ordinance that would provide the town a mechanism for posting weight limits on local roads. The hearing is one of several items slated to be taken up during the council’s regular meeting, which starts at …

Belfast Harbor Walk may be usable next summer

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 23, 2011, at 7:59 p.m.
The city’s long-planned-for waterfront walkway is a lot closer to being constructed, thanks to a $400,000 grant from Communities for Maine’s Future. The money will be added to a total pot of $1.04 million that has been cobbled together from funding sources that include the Maine Department …

Stanley Brook Bridge in Mount Desert to close for 35 days

on Sept. 13, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
Motorists traveling to Acadia National Park need to be aware that a bridge on Stanley Brook Road in Seal Harbor will be closed for about 35 days beginning on Monday, Sept. 19. During that time crews with the Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the …