Highlights on MaineDOT’s Capital Work Plan
The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is pleased to present its $764.6 million Capital Work Plan (Work Plan) for the FY 2012-FY 2013 biennium (July 2011-June 2013). This Work Plan contains MaineDOT’s strategy to invest projected capital transportation funding in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure of all modes throughout the state. This plan includes $688.7 million for highways and bridges and $75.9 million in capital multimodal projects including aviation, industrial rail access, small harbors, transit, and pedestrian facilities. Highlights of this Work Plan include the following.
- Summary of Highway and Bridge Improvements (For more detail, see table lower down on this page.)
- 34 bridge replacements
- 53 bridge rehabilitations or other improvements
- 63 miles of highway reconstruction
- 480 miles of pavement preservation and rehabilitation (heavier, more structural paving treatments)
- 1,200 miles of light capital paving (formerly known as MST).
- Stretching Available Dollars Although total capital investment is slightly less than the current biennium, this Work Plan maintains core programs, leverages all anticipated federal funding, and will keep our existing transportation system serviceable for this biennium. Further, by utilizing practical design standards that match the priority and use of the road, this Work Plan will stretch funding to achieve more traveler benefit.
- Though highway reconstruction funding is projected to be about 5% less than the current biennium, the number of miles is estimated to be about 19% more.
- While bridge funding is predictably about 22% less than the current biennium as the 4-year bridge initiative started in 2009 winds down, the amount of bridge preservation investment is projected to increase about 62%.
- Prioritizing With Better Tools This plan uses better tools to perform MaineDOT’s ongoing task of prioritizing scarce resources. It utilizes common-sense and fact-based Highway Corridor Priorities (HCP Priority 1-6) and realistic, engineering-based Customer Service Levels (CSL A-F) to fairly compare projects, and to focus investments on projects with the most traveler and economic benefits. A map of Highway Corridor Priorities can be found at www.mainedot.gov.
- Maintaining & Enhancing Partnerships This Work Plan maintains and enhances voluntary partnership initiatives to get more work done at a lower cost. It includes $1 million for the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP), a public-private partnership program for capital freight rail investments. It also includes $1 million for the Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) for improvements at small coastal harbors. Finally, a Municipal Partnership Initiative is established at an estimated level of $7 million to leverage local requests to partner on highway improvements. Project delivery, standards, match levels, and timing will be flexible based upon factors such as the nature of the road, the proposed scope, and traveler benefit.
- Multimodal Balance Though funding constraints and customer needs have required a primary focus on the highway and bridge system, this Work Plan also includes a $75.9 million multimodal capital program that matches all federal funds in accordance with past match policies. Further, $46.4 million in multimodal operational funding is provided, including the transfer of $14.3 million in Federal Highway Administration funds for the operation of the Amtrak Downeaster.
For more information including maps and project lists, visit www.mainedot.gov.
Funding Breakdown Graphic
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