Work plan for state bridge and road projects unveiled

Posted: January 22, 2018 | Senator Chipman, Senator Dion

Sen. Ben Chipman and Sen. Mark Dion, both of Portland, are pleased to announce the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan, and what it means for the state and the City of Portland. 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.

“It is vital that Portland residents and visitors be able to walk, bike, drive, and ride public tranpsortation safely around our city,” said Sen. Chipman. “I’m glad to see the Department of Transportation planning these investments in the coming years.”

According to the MDOT, the work plan includes more than $2.3 billion worth of construction and maintenance, of which $511.1 million is scheduled for 604 capital projects in 2018. The 3 year plan estimates MDOT will invest in 229 miles of highway construction; 1,128 miles of pavement preservation; 1,800 miles of light capital paving for roads and highways; 240 spot and safety improvements; and 260 bridge construction projects.

“Portland is a hub for many Maine residents and businesses,” said Sen. Dion. “The investments in our aviation, marine and freight capacities will help Portland companies to continue to provide excellent service and to grow.”

The following breakdown is the planned capital and maintenance work in Portland in 2018:

Bridge work:

  • Bridge substructure rehabilitation on CNRR Crossing Bridge under Interstate 295
  • Bridge protective coating on Casco Bay Bridge over the Fore River

Bicycle/pedestrian improvements:

  • Intersection improvements where Bayside Trail and Eastern Prom Trails meet
  • Sidewalk improvements along Forest Avenue at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Dartmouth Street
  • Improvements to Bayside Trail at Union Branch along Hadlock Field to the Fore River Parkway and ending at the Portland Transportation Center
  • Trail improvements on Bayside Trail and widening of the sidewalk located at the intersection of Franklin Street and Marginal Way

Bridge and structural maintenance:

  • On Route 77, repairing concrete sidewalk in front of north and south towers of the Casco Bay Bridge over the Fore River
  • On Route 77, mechanical work on various components to the Casco Bay Bridge over the Fore River
  • On Route 77, LED lighting upgrade to the control room, north tower and kitchen, and adding a MCC overload trip light to panel on Casco Bay Bridge over the Fore River
  • On Route 77/the Casco Bay Bridge, maintenance to ensure marine traffic mobility
  • On the Fore River Parkway, group pumping of four approach slabs to two bridges

Highway construction and rehabilitation:

  • Work on Forest Avenue beginning at Morrill’s Corner and extending northward 0.08 miles
  • Work on Interstate 295 beginning 0.16 miles south of Washington Avenue northbound and extending northward 1.25 miles
  • Feasibility study and alternatives analysis for the extension of Somerset Street from Hanover Street to Forest Avenue, combining with the intersection at High Street and Forest Avenue

Highway paving:

  • Paving on Allen Avenue from Yale Street to Pennell Avenue
  • Paving on Route 22 (Park Avenue) beginning at St. John Street and extending west 0.26 miles
  • Paving on Valley Street from St. John Street to Park Avenue
  • Paving on Washington Avenue from Route 9 (Lunt’s Corner) to Allen Avenue
  • Paving on Allen Avenue from Washington Avenue to Summit Street
  • Paving on Route 100 (Allen Avenue) from Pennell Avenue to Washington Avenue

Highway safety and spot improvements:

  • On Franklin Street, a feasibility study and preliminary engineering for intersection improvements from Marginal Way to Commercial Street
  • On Congress Street, work on signals via overhead hardwire to existing signals on Brighton Avenue at Stevens Avenue intersection and the city’s streetwise Advanced Traffic Management System
  • On Route 25 (Brighton Avenue), work from Dartmouth Street to Rowe Avenue
  • On Cumberland Avenue, work from State Street to Myrtle Street

Public transportation:

  • Urban transit planning with the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System
  • Terminal project with the Casco Bay Island Transit District
  • Urban transit operating assistance with Portland Transit Agencies
  • Urban transit capital projects with Portland Transit Agencies
  • Construction of new ferry for Casco Bay Island Transit District
  • Other operating, capital, and planning work for urban transit

Marine improvements:

  • Fore Street Marina expansion
  • Removal of the existing maintenance building and infilling 12,000 square feet of terminal marine wharf
  • Terminal grading, paving and striping for truck access and container placement and drainage
  • Port security work at the International Marine Terminal
  • Capital improvements for the passenger ferry program with the Casco Bay Island Transit District

Freight capital equipment purchases:

  • Purchasing of two yard trucks at the International Marine Terminal
  • Purchasing of a mobile harbor crane for International Marine Terminal operations
  • Purchasing of a rail packer for International Marine Terminal operations


  • Safety and infrastructure improvements at Portland International Jetport

Custodial maintenance:

  • Removing brush along Interstate 295 beginning at the Exit 44 toll plaza in Scarborough through South Portland and Portland to the Falmouth town line

Click here to view local road assistance totals and maintenance accomplishments for 2017, the funding estimates for 2018 projects, and the full list of Lewiston projects for years 2019 and 2020.

The entire MDOT work plan can be viewed here.