February 5, 2016

Work plan for state bridge and road projects unveiled

http://www.lisafriedlander.comAUGUSTA – Sen. Bill Diamond of Windham is pleased to announce the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan, and what it means for the state and region. The plan is released annually with an outline of the Maine Department of Transportation’s strategy for road, bridge and other transportation projects throughout the state.
“As a member of the legislature’s transportation committee, I am proud of the vision laid out in the work plan to improve the condition of our roads and bridges,” said Sen. Diamond. “Maine people depend on our transportation infrastructure, as does the success of our economy.”

According to the MDOT, the work plan includes more than $2.2 billion worth of construction and maintenance, of which $520 million is scheduled for 497 capital projects in 2016. The 3-year plan estimates MDOT will invest in 208 miles of highway construction; 798 miles of pavement preservation; 1,800 miles of light capital paving for roads and highways; 199 spot and safety improvements; 265 bridge construction projects (over double the number last year); $32 million in ports and marine upgrades; and $90 million in rail projects; $82 million in transit capital; $88 million in aviation projects; and $20 million in bicycle access and pedestrian facilities. 

“All of these projects are significant investments for the region and entire state,” added Diamond.
The following breakdown is the planned capital and maintenance work for some communities in the region in 2016:

Paving projects:
Route 202, beginning 0.40 of a mile south of Lotts Drive in Windham and extending easterly 7.42 miles.
Windham Highway Construction/Rehabilitation Highway Rehabilitation - River Road beginning at Windham - Westbrook town line and extending northerly 3.07 miles. $4,399,000
Windham Highway Paving - mill and fill Route 35 beginning at the Standish town line and extending northeast 0.64 of a mile. -PACTS Sponsored. $378,851

Bridge work:
Canal bridge on Route 35 in Standish.
Bonny Eagle bridge on Route 35 in Standish.
Highway safety improvements:
Intersection of Route 302, Anglers Road and Whites bridge in Windham. $1,200,000

Bicycle/Pedestrian improvements:
Westbrook, Windham Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail, off-road bicycle-pedestrian - PE only Mountain Division bicycle/ped rail trail along the Mountain Division corridor from Route 202 in Windham to Bridge Street in Westbrook. $150,000
Raymond Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail, On-Road Bicycle-Pedestrian - PE Only Main Street beginning at Route 302 and extending 0.57 of a mile to Route 121 (Meadow Road). $7,000

Route 25 in Standish, beginning at the intersection of Route 25/35 and extending west 0.33 of a mile on Route 25, extending westerly 0.40 of a mile on Route 35 to the Elementary School.

Ditching/Culvert maintenance:
Route 231, Route 9, Route 35, Route 114, Route 22, Stroudwater Street, Saco Street, River Road in Durham, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal, Sebago, Standish.

Analysis associated with the potential realignment of a portion of Route 35 in Standish.

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