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Home >Wiscasset Bypass Study Announcement August 1, 2011
Wiscasset Bypass Study Announcement August 1, 2011
The department has to look carefully at the potential cost and benefits of any new infrastructure being considered in Maine. Up until the last year, we believed that over time we could develop funding and make the case for spending what will be close to $100 million on this bypass, however, this is no longer possible.
Therefore, I have concluded that the long-term financial forecast – balanced against our number one priority of maintaining the infrastructure we already have and the limited benefits a bypass would provide – makes it impossible to justify that expenditure for this project. A project of this magnitude requires major federal participation as well as some kind of special funding for the state’s portion. We simply do not see this being available in the foreseeable future.
We know that summer traffic continues to present a problem in Wiscasset. The department will continue to aggressively pursue potential non-bypass solutions. As a result of the study, we have already instituted some system management measures, including the web cams linked to the changeable message sign on I-295, posting travel advisories to the www.511maine.gov web site and conducting a pilot study of the impacts traffic officers directing traffic and pedestrians may have in improving traffic flows in Wiscasset. We will also look at the other possible non-bypass infrastructure improvements identified in the study. Going forward, new and promising technologies are emerging. I am committed to finding more of these and other answers to the region’s traffic congestion as well.
This page last updated on 8/2/11
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