AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. John Baldacci says motorists should view road construction delays as a good thing this summer. That’s because they represent jobs.
Baldacci says hundreds of projects included in the state’s two-year work plan will provide a “major injection of money into our economy and more long-term benefits for our state.”
Those projects represent sound investments in the future that, along with belt-tightening, are necessary for the state to emerge from the recession, said the governor.
The Maine Department of Transportation’s upcoming 2-year plan includes $809 million in capital projects. Baldacci says the highway and bridge projects alone can be expected to create or preserve more than 15,600 jobs.