Work plan for state bridge and road projects unveiled

Posted: March 06, 2019 | Senator Jackson, Transportation

AUGUSTA – Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, 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.

“The quality and safety of our infrastructure – roads, bridges and culverts – is essential to our communities, families and economy. In the County, our roads are in rough shape due to the extreme weather and heavy snowfall we are currently experiencing,” said President Jackson. “I’m glad to see that this list of upcoming projects from the department and will continue to push for added investment in rural roads.”

According to the MDOT, the work plan includes more than $2.44 billion worth of construction and maintenance, which includes more than 1,900 work items. The three-year plan estimates MDOT will invest in 199 miles of highway construction and rehabilitation; 1,142 miles of pavement preservation; 1,800 miles of light capital paving for roads and highways; 203 spot and safety improvements; and 203 bridge projects.

President Jackson stressed the importance of funding for the MDOT work plan and its investment to Aroostook County. The following breakdown is the planned capital and maintenance work for some communities in the region in 2019:

Aviation

  • Safety and infrastructure improvements at Northern Aroostook Regional Airport that may include design and permitting for runway safety area improvements, apron recon & parallel taxiway construction to include precision approach path indicator (PAPI) and runway end identifier lights (REIL’s)
  • Safety and infrastructure improvements  at Caribou Municipal Airport that may include an environmental assessment

Bridge Rehabilitation

  • Work includes nineteen bridges along the Maine Northern Railway, including bridges in Ashland, Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Frenchville, Masardis and Wallagrass
  • Repairing bridge joints, and clean and paint bearings and beam ends on Nadeau Bridge over Fish River, located 0.03 of a mile south of Red River Road in Eagle Lake

Bridge Replacement

  • Work on Otter Brook Bridge over Otter Brook in Caribou, located 0.37 of a mile north of Watson Memorial Drive
  • Work on Perley Brook Bridge over Perley Brook, located 0.08 of a mile north of South Perley Brook Road in Fort Kent

Culvert Replacement

  • Replacing catch basins on Route 164 in Caribou, located 0.02 of a mile east of the Meadow Brook Road
  • Replacing a culvert on Route 227 in Castle Hill, located 8.03 miles east of the intersection of Cottage Hill Road and Route 227 in Ashland
  • Replacing a culvert on Sly Brook Road, located 5.18 miles south of Soldier Pond Road in Eagle Lake
  • Replacing a culvert in Hamlin, located 0.32 of a mile south of the intersection of Route 1
  • Work on a cross culvert located 1.46 miles northeast of Shore Road in Sinclair Twp.
  • Replacing culverts located 0.55 of a mile west of the Hale Road in Mapleton
  • Replacing two culverts located 1.25 miles north of the T8 R5 WELS-T9 R5 WELS town line and located 0.80 of a mile north of the Ashland-Nashville Plt. town line
  • Replacing three culverts in New Sweden on the Westmanland Road, Station Road and Capitol Hill Road
  • Replacing a culvert located 1.20 miles south of the Gilbert Road in Saint Agatha
  • Replacing two culverts, beginning 1.00 mile east of Main Street and extending east 0.50 of a mile in Stockholm
  • Replacing a culvert on Sly Brook Road in Wallagrass, located 0.64 of a mile southwest of the New Canada town line
  • Replacing a culvert located 2.20 miles south of Castle Hill Road in Washburn
  • Replacing two culverts beginning at the intersection of Route 1 and extending east 1.75 miles in Connor Twp.

Custodial Maintenance

  • Clearing the right of way beginning 1.20 miles south of the intersection of the Gilbert Road and extending southeast 10.50 miles to Route 161 in Saint Agatha

Ditching/Cleaning Culverts

  • Ditching in various locations on Route 11 in Ashland, Nashville Plt. and Portage Lake, stretching from Station Street in Ashland to West Road in Portage Lake
  • Ditching and cleaning culverts on Route 11 beginning 0.53 of a mile north of the Ashland-Masardis town line and extending south to the Masardis-T9 R5 WELS town line
  • Ditching in various locations along Route 205 in Caribou beginning at the Presque isle-Caribou town line and extending north 2.96 miles to the Hardison Road
  • Ditching in various locations, beginning at Route 89 in Caribou and extending east 6.44 miles to Route 1A
  • Ditching beginning at the intersection of Watson Memorial Drive in Caribou and extending north to Plante Road, then beginning at Adams Road and extending north to the intersection of Dubay Pit Road
  • Ditching various locations and cleaning culverts, work beginning at Bridge Street and extending south 0.45 of mile to Paradis Circle in Fort Kent
  • Ditching from the intersection of Route 11 and extending east 0.75 of a mile on the Soldier Pond Road in Wallagrass

Drainage Improvements/Maintenance

  • Work on Route 89 in Caribou beginning 0.04 of a mile east of Main Street and extending east 0.29 of a mile to Bennett Drive
  • Municipal Partnership Initiative Program, beginning 0.01 of a mile north of Stoddard Street and extending north 0.15 of a mile in Washburn

Guardrail Installation/Replacement

  • Cable guardrail replacement in Allagash

Highway Paving/Rehabilitation

  • Work on Route 89 in Caribou beginning 0.01 of a mile north of Main Street and extending east 0.40 of a mile
  • Work beginning 0.69 of a mile north of Washburn Road in Presque Isle and extending north 9.48 miles to Caribou
  • Work beginning 0.40 of a mile west of Church Avenue in Frenchville and extending west 4.66 miles to Fort Kent
  • Work beginning at Madawaska town line and extending north 5.74 miles to 0.15 of a mile east of St. Agatha Avenue in Frenchville
  • Work beginning 0.02 of a mile south of Monroe Street and extending north 2.74 miles in Van Buren
  • Work beginning 0.18 of a mile north of Parent Road in Van Buren and extending north 1.91 miles
  • Repairing road surface approach on Nadeau Bridge over Fish River, located 0.03 of a mile south of Red River Road in Eagle Lake

Large Culvert Improvements

  • Work on a large culvert located 1.07 miles north of Route 1 in Caribou
  • Replacing a culvert on Route 164 in Caribou located 0.25 of a mile east of the Lombard Road
  • Work on a cross culvert located 1.65 miles south of the Wallagrass town line
  • Work on a new large culvert located 0.11 of a mile south of Makayla Drive in Eagle Lake
  • Work on a new large culvert located 5.07 miles north of the Strip Road in Eagle Lake
  • Work on a large culvert  located 1.25 miles north of Cyr Road in Grand Isle
  • Work on a large culvert located 0.54 of a mile north of Garfield Road in Masardis
  • Work on a large culvert located 0.02 of a mile north of Stockholm Road in New Sweden
  • Work on a large culvert located 0.96 of a mile north of Jepson Road in New Sweden
  • Work on a large culvert located 0.48 of a mile west of the Madawaska town line
  • Work on a large culvert located 0.06 of a mile northwest of the Goodwin Road in Woodland

Light Capital Paving

  • Work beginning at Route 89 in Caribou and extending east 6.44 miles to Route 1A in Limestone
  • Work beginning at Route 164 in Presque Isle and extending north 3.60 miles to Caribou
  • Work beginning at Route 163 and extending north 3.48 miles to State Road in Mapleton
  • Work beginning at Route 163 in Mapleton and extending north 3.65 miles to Presque Isle

Rail Crossing Improvements

  • Work on Rail Crossing located 0.10 of a mile north of the Van Buren town line

Slope Stabilization/Protection

  • Work on Grimes Road in Caribou beginning 0.81 of a mile northwest of the Fort Fairfield town line and extending north 0.09 of a mile
  • Slope located 2.16 miles north of Deboullie Mountain Road and extending north 0.03 of a mile in Saint Agatha
  • Work on Route 161 located 0.57 of a mile east of Mill Road in Saint John Plt.

Ultra-Thin Bonded Wearing Course

  • Work beginning 0.83 of a mile north of Route 89 in Caribou and extending north 9.31 miles to Connor Township
  • Work beginning 3.88 miles north of the Caribou city line and extending north 10.97 miles to Route 1A in Van Buren
  • Work beginning 0.04 of a mile south of the Van Buren-Grand Isle town line and extending north 3.72 miles

Click here to view local road assistance totals and maintenance accomplishments for 2018, the funding estimates for 2019 projects, and the full list of projects by town for years 2020 and 2021.

The entire MDOT work plan can be viewed here.

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