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News Release for November 9, 2009
For More Information:
Nathan Howard, MaineDOT Policy Development Specialist - 207-624-3300
Mark Latti, MaineDOT Public Information Officer - 207-624-3030

Northern Maine Commercial Border Crossing Feasibility Study informational forum scheduled


The New Brunswick Department of Transportation (NB DOT), in cooperation with the, Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and the General Services Administration (GSA), is hosting an Open House and Informational Forum at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre in Edmunston, New Brunswick at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, November 19th, 2009. The Open House and Informational Forum is designed 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. Officials from MaineDOT, as well as other agency officials, will be available to answer questions; and a presentation outlining the preliminary results of the feasibility study will begin at 6:30 p.m., 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.

This forum is the second of 3 forums to be scheduled in the upper St John Valley. The first forum was held in Madawaska on August 13th, 2009. The third and final forum will be held in Van Buren in early 2010. The study will be complete by the end of 2010.

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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