News Release for September 22, 2010

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297
Nate Moulton, MaineDOT Rail Program Director - 624-3563


Mountain Division Informational Meeting is Tuesday, October 5

The Maine Department of Transportation is hosting an informational meeting to discuss upcoming construction on the Mountain Division Rail Corridor. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Westbrook High School at 125 Stroudwater Street in Westbrook.

Current plans call for rehabilitation of a five-mile section of the Mountain Division Rail Corridor in Windham from milepost 6 to milepost 11 in the spring of 2011. The tracks were removed from this section of the Mountain Division Rail Corridor prior to the state of Maine purchasing this section in 2006. The state of Maine previously purchased a larger section of the corridor that stretches from milepost 11 in Windham to Fryeburg in 1998 in order to preserve the rail corridor for future use.

This construction is the first step in rehabilitating the rail corridor from Westbrook to Fryeburg for future rail use. Construction on this section of the Mountain Division Rail Corridor is funded through the state’s “Jobs Bond” ballot question that was approved by voters this past June. The Mountain Division Rail Corridor is 51.1 miles long and stretches from Portland to Fryeburg.

The construction project is scheduled to be advertised in November with the actual construction likely to begin in the spring of 2011. This meeting is to provide information about the project and answer any questions from the public.