Work plan for state bridge and road projects unveiled

Posted: March 06, 2017 | Senator Carson
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AUGUSTA – Democratic Sen. Brownie Carson of Harpswell is pleased to share the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan, and what it means for Senate District 24 – which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal. 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.

“Maintaining and modernizing our infrastructure is an important foundation for economic growth,” said Sen. Carson. “I am very pleased to see this list of investments from the department.”

According to the MDOT, the work plan includes more than $2.3 billion worth of construction and maintenance, of which $537 million is scheduled for 632 capital projects in 2017. Included are projects for highways and bridges, transit (bus), passenger and freight railroad, aviation, ferries, ports and other marine facilities, and bicycle-pedestrian access.

Sen. Carson stressed the importance of funding for the MDOT work plan and its investment to the district, and the entire state. The following breakdown is what the planned capital and maintenance work will mean for the communities of Senate District 24 in 2017:

Aviation

  • Safety and infrastructure improvements that may include construction of a 10-unit t-hangar, improvements for hangars 5 and 6, pavement repairs and maintenance, wildlife deterrent, fence improvements and south end approach clearing at the Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in Brunswick

Bicycle/Pedestrian

  • Work beginning at the Swinging Bridge, to Mill Street, Bow Street and Cabot Street, ending at the Frank J. Wood Bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick

Bridge Work (Other)

  • Work on Interstate 295 Bridges from South Portland to Brunswick, spanning the towns of Falmouth, Freeport, Portland and Yarmouth
  • Work on the Cooks Corner Bridge over Route 1 in Brunswick, located 0.17 of a mile north of Route 24B

Highway Light Capital Paving

  • Paving on sections of the following roads in the Gray area (North Yarmouth and Pownal included): Route 121, Roller Rink Road, Route 9, Route 231 and Litchfield Road

Highway Preservation Paving

  • Work beginning at Smelt Brook Road in Freeport and extending north 1.90 miles to Porter’s Landing Road

Highway Safety and Spot Improvements

  • Work beginning at Mill Street in Brunswick and extending east 0.23 of a mile

Maintenance

  • Clearing trees on Route 1 northbound beginning at Cook’s Corner overpass, extending north 2.25 miles to New Meadows River in Brunswick, to raise canopy and improve site distance
  • Replacing cross culverts in preparation of the Topsham Area Light Capital Paving (LCP) project, beginning 0.75 of a mile north of the intersection of Route 136 and extending in a northeast direction to the intersection of Woodside Lane in Freeport
  • Ditching and culvert replacement in preparation of the Topsham Area Light Capital Paving (LCP) project, beginning at the intersection of Route 1 in Freeport and extending east 1.52 miles
  • Replacing a large culvert between Route 136 and Woodside Lane in Freeport
  • Ditching and replacing culverts in preparation of Light Capital Paving (LCP) project, beginning at Cundy’s Point Road in Harpswell and extending north 4.70 miles to Route 24
  • Ditching both sides of North Road beginning at the Yarmouth-North Yarmouth town line and extending north 2.25 miles to the intersection of Route 9
  • Removing all wood planking on Merrills Bridge, which carries Poland Range Road over Chandler Brook in Pownal

Other Work

  • Safety and infrastructure improvements that may include a sustainability master plan at the Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in Brunswick

Click here to view local road assistance totals and maintenance accomplishments for 2016, the funding estimates for 2017 projects, and the full list of Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal projects for years 2018 and 2019.

The entire MDOT work plan can be viewed here.

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