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News Release for June 19, 2009
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Mark Latti, MaineDOT Office of Communications - 624-3030


MaineDOT Announces Reduction In Paving Projects To Address Reduced Funding Levels

 
  • 2009 Maintenance Surface Treatment Projects Proceeding (PDF Format)
  • 2009 Maintenance Surface Treatment Projects Cancelled (PDF Format)
  • 2009 Maintenance Surface Treatment Projects Map (PDF Format)
  • 2010 Maintenance Surface Treatment Projects Cancelled (PDF Format)
  • 2010 Maintenance Surface Treatment Projects Map (PDF Format)

MaineDOT announced today that about 75% of all maintenance paving projects (Maintenance Surface Treatment or MST) over the next two years will be canceled in order to meet the reduced funding levels set forth in the state Highway Fund Budget that was enacted last week.

“The reduced level of funding will require us to cancel nearly 40 percent of our maintenance paving projects for this year, and all of our maintenance paving projects for the following year unless more resources are identified,” said MaineDOT Commissioner David Cole. The Joint Standing Committee on Transportation is charged in the recently passed budget with conducting a review to develop funding alternatives as cited below:

Public Law 2009, Chapter 413, Section X-4 Highway and Bridge Light Capital funding. The Joint Standing Committee on Transportation shall negotiate in good faith and develop a solution to fund the Highway and Bridge Light Capital program in the Department of Transportation so as to allow maintenance paving at a rate of 600 miles per year without further impact to the TransCap Trust Fund. The Joint Standing Committee on Transportation shall submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature to implement the solution.

Proposed MST projects have been re-prioritized to match the reduced funding based upon road condition, traveler impacts, the functional classification of the road, traffic volumes, and the desire to award work to all of the successful bidding pavement contractors.

MaineDOT’s Maintenance Surface Treatments provide a light surface of pavement generally 5/8” of an inch in thickness over a road. This paving treatment seals the road surface, preventing water and ice damage while also providing a safer and smoother driving surface. These surface treatments extend the life of a road, and prevent more costly repairs later. These Maintenance Surface Treatments are part of MaineDOT’s Light Capital Program, which is only one aspect of MaineDOT’s biennial work plan which totals $673.6 million for highways and bridges.

“We had already scaled back our maintenance paving program to about 400 miles when we advertised for bids in May, pending legislative action. We should be doing 600 miles per year to keep these roads in serviceable and passable condition. Based upon the current budget, we will be doing only about 250 miles this year and probably none next year at current funding levels,” said Cole.

“These are extremely difficult choices and we ask for patience and understanding,” said Cole. “We know that all these roads need work and that all contractors need the work, but we simply do not have the funding to do it. We are doing the best we can with what we have.”

For a full list of projects, please visit www.mainedot.gov. A map showing the all proposed projects can also be found there.


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