Senator Hobbins Highlights Scheduled Transportation and Road Projects

Posted: April 14, 2011 | News Items, Senator Hobbins, Transportation
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The Maine Department of Transportation Biennial Capital Work Plan includes road resurfacing and other infrastructure improvements

AUGUSTA – Senate Democratic Leader Barry Hobbins announced details of the state’s transportation work plan for the next two years for the Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach area. The Biennial Capital Work Plan for 2012-2013 outlines the Maine Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) strategy for road, bridge, and other transportation projects.

“The condition of our roads, especially after a hard winter season, reminds us of the importance for road improvements,” said Senator Hobbins. “This report highlights the projects ready for work.”

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 help create jobs and maintain our infrastructure for commerce, tourism, and quality of life,” said Hobbins. “I think the people of Maine appreciate the improvements to our roads. I certainly know our vehicles do.”

Senator Hobbins pointed out the specific projects and how they will benefit the Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach area, including:

BIDDEFORD:

  • Obstruction removal at the airport;
  • Highway reconstruction on Route 1 from Grayson Street to Beaudoin Avenue;
  • Intersection improvements at Route 1 and Route 111;
  • Purchase and installation of two bus shelters for the bus service to Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach; and
  • Bus replacement for Shuttle Bus Nor’easter Express route between University of New England and downtown Biddeford-Saco.

BUXTON:

  • Preliminary engineering for future replacement of the Bar Mills Bridge.

SACO:

  • Engineering for a pedestrian bridge at Factory Island to connect downtown, businesses, transportation center, and mill development complexes;
  • Highway resurfacing on Route 112 from the Lund Road extending westerly for .83 of a mile;
  • Additional highway resurfacing on Route 112 beginning .51 of a mile northerly of Buxton Road and extending northerly on Route 112 for .89 of a mile;
  • Highway reconstruction on Route 112 from the Rocky Hill Road to Route 202; and
  • Construction of new sidewalks on Washington Street and school zone flashing lights.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH:

  • Highway resurfacing along Route 5 from Temple Avenue to Ocean Park Road; and
  • Construction of sidewalk connections and crossing improvements to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in the area of the middle and elementary schools.

To view the entire MDOT work plan, go to: www.mainedot.gov.