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News Release for July 31, 2009
For More Information:
Mark Latti, MaineDOT Public Information Officer - 624-3030
Nate Howard, MaineDOT Policy Development Specialist - 624-3300

Open House and Informational Forum on Border Crossing
study scheduled for August 13


The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), in cooperation with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation (NB DOT), and the General Services Administration (GSA), is hosting an Open House and Informational Forum at the Madawaska Middle/High School Cafeteria on Thursday, August 13, 2009 to provide information about a border crossing feasibility study and gather feedback from residents, businesses, and local officials.

The Open House and Informational Forum will feature maps, display boards and refreshments and will begin at 6:00 pm. Officials from MaineDOT, as well as other agency officials will be available to answer questions. A presentation outlining the feasibility study will begin at 6:30 pm followed by a question and answer session.

This forum is the result of a recent bill passed by the Maine Legislature that asked MaineDOT and its partners to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the need for a new commercial border crossing in the Upper Saint John Valley. The study will examine how the planned improvements at the Madawaska and Van Buren border crossings will affect the flow of commercial traffic between Maine and New Brunswick and whether sufficient need exists for a new commercial border crossing.

MaineDOT in conjunction with NB DOT and GSA selected RKG Associates, Inc as the consultant team for the feasibility study. RKG Associates is firm that specializes in real-estate, land use, and economic development. The team includes experts from the US and Canada in the fields of real estate market research, economic analysis, economic development, land use and transportation planning, and traffic modeling.

Additional public meetings will be scheduled in Van Buren and the Edmundston area.

For more information, please contact Nathan Howard, Policy Development Specialist, Maine Department of Transportation, Office of Highway and Bridge Planning, Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016, or by telephone at (207) 624-3300.

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