Stories about Maine Department of Transportation


Dangerous Cambridge intersection won’t be discussed at meeting Wednesday

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
Despite an earlier report, Cambridge selectmen do not plan to meet with state transportation officials to discuss the dangerous curve at the intersection of routes 150 and 152 at their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the town hall. A Maine Department of Transportation official said last week …

Maine DOT, Cambridge officials to discuss sharp curve at intersection

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 11, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.
Maine Department of Transportation officials are expected to meet Wednesday night with Cambridge municipal officials to discuss safety at an intersection where a handful of accidents have occurred, the latest in August. Selectmen will meet at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The topic of the discussion …
Workers maneuver a carbon fiber tube over the Little River in Belfast last year while installing a Bridge-in-Backpack.

DOT passes on Bridge-in-a-Backpack as replacement for Carrabassett bridges

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 08, 2011, at 8:59 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | The University of Maine-developed Bridge-in-a-Backpack could have been a quick, easy replacement for two bridges that washed out in the Sugarloaf area after Tropical Storm Irene struck — if only the geometry had worked. The Maine Department of Transportation passed on the technology because it wasn’t …

Fort Kent preparing for bridge closures

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 07, 2011, at 2:46 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine – The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing a bridge that serves as a vital link between Maine and Canada for a routine inspection Thursday, but the Police Department does not expect any major traffic issues as a result. Mark Latti, public information director for DOT, …

Pair of temporary bridges to open in Maine

The Associated Press on Sept. 06, 2011, at 6:18 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | The Maine Department of Transportation is ready to open a pair of temporary bridges on Route 27, restoring a key trucking route between Maine and Quebec. The North Branch Bridge, built in 1958, and the Brackett Brook Bridge, built in 1999, both collapsed when a torrent …

Maine awarded $1 million in federal emergency relief to fix damaged roads, bridges

on Sept. 06, 2011, at 12:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Maine is receiving $1 million in emergency federal funds to help repair or rebuild roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, according to members of Maine’s congressional delegation. “The Maine Department of Transportation reports that nearly 200 roads and a dozen bridges were damaged or destroyed by …
Bart Guckenburg of Brunswick enjoys a walk on the Androscoggin River Bicycle and Pedestrian Path in Brunswick on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Local officials are hoping to extend the heavily used path all the way to Bath.

Dream of coastal bike and pedestrian path inching toward reality

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 04, 2011, at 6:13 p.m.
BATH | If there’s a core value necessary in bringing a grand-scale community project from idea to reality, it’s perseverance. That’s a lesson Jim Upham learned early in his career as a planner for the city of Bangor, which in the late 1970s was still dreaming of the waterfront …

I-295 work in Portland to take a holiday break

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 01, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Interstate 295 resurfacing projects in the Portland area will be suspended during Labor Day weekend, from 6 a.m. Friday until after 7 p.m. Tuesday. The department announcement notes that some “sub-road work” will take place below the overpasses north …

Tukey’s Bridge is open again, but ride on I-295 not smooth yet

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 01, 2011, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | If highway drivers through downtown Portland were hoping the reopening of lanes on Tukey’s Bridge last week signaled the end of bumpy travels on Interstate 295, they may be disappointed. The summerlong resurfacing of Tukey’s Bridge headed north out of Maine’s largest city was the highest-profile part …

3 Maine airports awarded $22 million in grants

The Associated Press on Aug. 27, 2011, at 11:16 a.m.
PORTLAND | Three Maine airports are getting grants totaling more than $22 million that will go toward improving their runways. Sen. Susan Collins says the Department of Transportation grants are going to the Portland International Jetport, Augusta Airport and the Brunswick Executive Airport. The Portland airport is getting $12.7 …
A group of businessmen pitched in to buy a new “Open for Business” sign to fix underneath the “welcome” sign after a previous sign was stolen in late May.

LePage’s ‘Open for Business’ sign replaced

By Matt Wickenheiser on Aug. 24, 2011, at 8:34 p.m.
Vacationers heading into the state have been greeted by the “Welcome to Maine” sign in Kittery all summer, which also informs them that the state offers life the way “it should be.” Now they’ll know that Maine’s “Open for Business,” too. A group of businessmen pitched in to buy a …

Ellsworth sinkhole still causing traffic woes, with more to come

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 22, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Road crews were once again tearing up the pavement on Main Street in Ellsworth on Monday morning after heavy rains caused a sinkhole to begin to reopen. But the bigger headache for drivers as well as some downtown businesses and residents may come after Labor Day when …

$10.5M repair of 233 miles of state rail tracks set to start

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 19, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | State leaders predict vast improvements in northern Maine freight rail service with the start early next month of $10.5 million in federally funded repairs on 233 miles of decrepit state-owned railroad tracks between Millinocket and Madawaska deemed vital to the state’s economy, state officials said Friday. The …

Maine DOT awarded nearly $5 million in grants

on Aug. 17, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Maine Department of Transportation was awarded nearly $5 million for statewide infrastructure improvements in competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation . U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the grants Wednesday. “These grants will help not only greatly …

Work on outer Broadway to begin Monday in Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 12, 2011, at 6:29 p.m.
Motorists who use outer Broadway, or Route 15, should plan for possible delays in the weeks ahead because of a bridge construction project. Starting on Monday, Maine Department of Transportation crews will be replacing the traveling surface on the Parker Brook Bridge, located a half-mile south of …

Construction of Main Street bridge in Newport nearly complete

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
Construction work on the Main Street bridge in Newport, which carries routes 2, 7 and 100 over the Sebasticook River’s east branch, is nearing completion and the span could reopen to traffic by the end of this month, Town Manager Jim Ricker said. “I think they’ve done …

Storm causes large sinkhole in busy Ellsworth intersection

By Kevin Miller on Aug. 02, 2011, at 10:38 p.m.
Department of Transportation crews had to rush early Tuesday to fill an 8- to 10-foot-deep sinkhole that developed in the middle of downtown Ellsworth. The sinkhole developed at the busy intersection of Route 1, State Street and Water Street after storms that brought heavy rain and damaging …
Trevor Turmel, 17, of Millinocket, pulls up a silt fence along Congress Street and Millinocket Stream near the Michael Michaud Walking and Biking Trail in Millinocket on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.

Millinocket names recreation trail after Mike Michaud

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 01, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
It’s not quite finished, but walkers and joggers already have taken to the completed portions of a multiuse recreational trail along Millinocket Stream that town leaders have named after U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, officials said Monday. The Michael Michaud Walking and Biking Trail is about 85 percent …

DOT discussing Howland’s Penobscot River bridge options

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2011, at 9:17 p.m.
State transportation officials are studying three plans that could determine the location of the new Enfield-Howland bridge over the Penobscot River, Town Manager Jane Jones said Tuesday. Slated for repair or replacement, the bridge work could be handled in several ways, Jones said. Maine Department of Transportation …

Man pleads guilty to torching toilet in Bucksport

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2011, at 8:07 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A New Jersey man who set fire to a shed and a portable toilet in Bucksport last fall has been sentenced to serve six months behind bars. Corey Seward, 20, of Burlington, N.J., was accused of starting a fire at a Maine Department of Transportation work site …
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