Senator Hill Highlights Scheduled Bridge and Road Projects
The Maine Department of Transportation Biennial Capital Work Plan includes funding for the Memorial Bridge replacement, I-95 Bridge maintenance, preliminary work on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, and other infrastructure improvements
AUGUSTA – Senator Dawn Hill is pleased to share details of Maine’s two-year transportation work plan and what it means for the communities in the seacoast region. The Biennial Capital Work Plan for 2012-2013 outlines the Maine Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) strategy for road, bridge, and other transportation projects.
“A top priority for this area is addressing our gateway bridges,” said Senator Hill. “This report highlights the projects ready for work, including funding for the Memorial Bridge replacement, maintenance of the I-95 Bridge, and preliminary work on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.”
According to the MDOT, the biennial work plan invests $688.7 million in highways and bridges and $75.9 million in capital multimodal projects including aviation, industrial rail access, small harbors, transit, and pedestrian facilities. Over 80% of the capital funding supports private sector jobs in the form of construction contracts, consultant services, private equipment rental and construction materials. It will create, sustain, and support over 21,000 jobs based on federal estimates.
“These projects are very important to our part of the state,” said Senator Hill. “The bridge work alone will ensure that Maine stays open and accessible for business, tourism, and transportation.”
Senator Hill stressed the importance of funding for the MDOT work plan and its investment to the area and entire state. In total, $34.4 million will go towards the state’s share of replacing the Memorial Bridge; the I-95 Bridge will receive just under $11 million for maintenance and future improvements; and $6 million for future planning to improve the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.
Senator Hill provided a breakdown of the infrastructure projects for Senate District 1:
- The state’s share for bridge replacement of the Memorial Bridge;
- Preliminary engineering for future bridge improvements at the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge;
- Preliminary engineering for future improvements on the I-95 Bridge;
- Maintenance painting and surface replacement on the I-95 Bridge;
- Preliminary engineering for future bridge replacement on the Kittery Overpass Bridge;
- Intersection improvement at Route 1 and Route 103;
- Highway resurfacing along Route 1 from the Lewis Road to the York town line;
- Engineering for drainage and pedestrian safety improvements on Route 103 (Whipple Road), from Old Ferry Lane to Wyman Avenue; and
- Installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Route 236 and Stevenson Road.
- Intersection improvement at Route 236 and the Depot Road.
- Preliminary engineering for highway reconstruction along Route 1.
- Highway reconstruction and improvements from Main Street to the Pan Am railroad tracks;
- Strut replacements on Route 101 near Flynn’s Lane and near the Eliot-South Berwick town line; and
- Highway resurfacing starting at the New Hampshire State Line and extending northerly on Route 4 for 1.17 miles.
- Bridge rehabilitation on the Sewalls Bridge;
- Nearly 7 miles of highway resurfacing on Route 1; and
- Highway resurfacing on a half-mile section of the Spur Road.
To view the entire MDOT work plan, go to: www.mainedot.gov.