KNOX, WALDO counties — The Maine Department of Transportation released its 2020-2022 $2.59 billion work plan for the state, with funding for capital projects, programs, maintenance and planning. There’s a lot packed into the plan, including pathways construction, airport repairs and improvements, a new bridge over Goose River in Belfast, as well as the Route 1 North rebuild between Camden and Lincolnville.
In Knox County, large target projects include:
A $7.74 million Route 1 rebuild of a 1.54 mile stretch north of Camden toward the Lincolnville town line;
$442,000 bike/pedestrian trail along Route 105 beginning at Matthew John Avenue and extending north .3 miles toward Shirt Tail Point.
$567,000 highway improvement, beginning at Union Street and heading north one-quarter mile along Route 1 toward Camden downtown.
$3.7 million bridge replacement of Spring Brook Bridge, about one mile south of the Lincolnville town line.
$883,000 bridge replacement of Great Brtook Bridge, about one half mile south of Dyer Drive.
$75,000 highway improvement of Route 1 .03 northeast of Harden Ave.
$250,000 Main Street Bridge work over Megunticook River, on Route 1 (downtown Camden)
$614,000 pedestrian sidewalk improvements along Route 1, Route 52, Chestnut Street, Bay View Street and Mechanic Street
$105,000 paving, Route 52, west of Spring Street and extending north 2.64 miles.
$1 million pathway from Quarry Hill Road to Maritime Farms, approximately .36 mile.
$127,000 drainage work on culverts along Route 97 in Cushing.
$149,000 paving along Colonial Stairs and Finntown Road, beginning at Route 220 and extending east 3.74 miles, in Cushng, Friendship and Waldoboro
$378,000 paving of Route 97 from Route 1 along 9.48 miles of Route 97 through Cushing, Friendship and Warren.
$121,000 Route 235 paving, from Route 105 along 3 miles to Route 173
$280,000 paving of Route 235 from Route 17 and extending north 7 miles to Route 105 through Hope and Union.
$188,000 paving of Route 126 beginning at Waldoboro Road and extending northeast 4.7 miles in Jefferson and Washington.
$629,000 paving of Route 220 from Route 1 and extending north 15.7 miles in Liberty, Waldoboro and Washington.
$1. 73 million Rail Bridge Bridge Rehabilitation, Rockland Branch Rail Line, Rockland Rail Bridge #53.04 (#7655) over Nichols River and Rockland Rail Bridge #79.17 (#7667) over Georges River. Located on the Rockland Branch rail.
$250,000, North Haven ew construction, North Haven Turning Dolphin.
$300,000 North Haven Crew Quarters expansion.
$824,000, Owls Head, Rockland, paving Route 73, beginning at Route 1 in Rockland and extending south 0.90 of a mile.
$467,000, Highway Cyclical Pavement Resurfacing, Owls Head, South Thomaston, Route 73, beginning 0.05 of a mile south of the Rockland town line and extending south 2.36 miles.
$1.8 million, Aviation Apron Reconstruction, Knox County Regional Airport
$520,000, Airport - General Capital Equipment Purchase, Knox County Regional Airport, security system.
$144,000, Knox County Regional Airport, reconstruction of the apron - phase 1.
$1.06 million, Knox County Regional Airport, construction of drainage improvements.
$480,000, Knox County Regional Airport, construction of a hangar taxiway - phase 1.
$824,000, Knox County Regional Airport, construction of a hangar taxiway - phase 2.
$824,000, Knox County Regional Airport, acquisition of snow removal equipment.
$265,000, Urban Highways Large Culvert Improvements Route 1, Rockland, located 0.10 of a mile north of Waldo Avenue.
$293,000, Rockland, Bus Parking Lots Multimodal Improvements, park and Ride Located 0.06 of a mile north of Route 1 on Rockland Lot Street.
$1.23 million, paving, Rockland, 1.25 inch overlay, Route 1, beginning 0.10 of a mile northeast of Glenwood Avenue and extending northeast 1.22 miles.
$500,000 Rockland , Ports-Harbors Piers, Floats and Fenders New Construction, Fish Pier, at the intersection of Weeks Street and Commercial Street.
$10,800, Rockland, Light Capital Paving, North Main Street, beginning at Route 1A and extending north 0.27 of a mile to Route 17.
$1.15 million, Rockland, Rockport Highway Paving Urban Highways Mill And Fill, Route 1, beginning at Maverick Street and extending north .86 of a mile.
$3.26 million, Rockland, Rockport, Warren, Route 90, highway Paving Rural Highways 1.25 inch Overlay, beginning 0.20 of a mile north of Mountain Road and extending north 7.19 miles. Includes 0.03 of a mile on Route 90 westbound.
$1.25 million, Saint George, South Thomaston, Highway Construction/Rehabilitation, Route 73, beginning 0.03 of a mile south of Island Road and extending west 3.43 miles.
$1.9 million, Thomaston, Highway Paving Resurfacing, Route 131, beginning at Port Clyde Road and extending northeast 9.84 miles. Including 0.03 of a mile on High Street from Route 131 north to Route 1.
$109,000, Thomaston, Light Capital Paving, Buttermilk Lane, beginning at Elm Street and extending north 2.73
$250,000, Thomaston, ditching and replacing culverts in various locations on Route 131 in Thomaston, Warren, and Union. Beginning at Route 1 and Route 131 in Thomaston and extending north 10.48 miles and ending at Route 17 and Route 235 in Union.
$416,000, Thomaston, Union, Warren, Highway Paving, Route 131, beginning 0.03 of a mile north of Route 1 and extending north 10.38 miles.
$300,000, Thomaston, Warren, Bridge Substructure Rehabilitation, Route 1 James Andrew Griffith Bridge (#2786) over St. George River. Located on the Warren - Thomaston town line.
$988,000, Rural Highways Large Culvert Replacement, Route 17 Large culvert (#46462) located 0.06 of a mile east of Town House Road.
$588,000, Union, Bicycle/Pedestrian, On-Road Sidewalk/Trail Depot Street, beginning 0.21 of a mile north of Indian Knoll Lane and extending north 0.59 of a mile.
$46,000, Light Capital Paving, Common Road, beginning at Heald Highway and extending southeast 1.15 miles to South Union Road.
$52,000, Ditching and replacing culverts in various locations on Route 131 in Union and Appleton. Beginning at the intersection of Route 17 and extending north 7.90 miles to the Appleton-Searsmont town line.
$154,000, Union, Warren Light Capital Paving, Wottons Mill Road, beginning at Route 131 and extending north 3.86 miles to Route 17.
$50,000, ditching and replacing culverts in various locations on Route 131 in Warren and Union. Beginning at Woodland Avenue and extending north 8.69 miles to the Common Road in Union.
$275,000, Vinalhaven Department Building and Lot Maintenance, construction of new Crew Quarters, Vinalhaven Crew Quarters expansion.
$50,000, Warren, Large Culvert Replacement, Route 235, Large culvert (#46645) located 0.06 of a mile north of the Waldoboro town line.
$381,000, Warren, Bridge Substructure Rehabilitation, Route 90 St. George River Bridge (#5654) over St. George River. Located 0.04 of a mile southwest of Company Lane.
$54,000, Light Capital Paving, Main Street, beginning at Route 1 and extending east 1.35 miles to Route 131.
$85,000, Warren, pavement milling on Route 97. Beginning at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 97 in Warren and extending southwest 9.30 miles to the intersection of Route 97 and Route 220 in Friendship.
$100,000, Right-of-way vegetation management on Route 97 in Warren, Cushing, Friendship. Beginning at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 97 in Warren and extending southwest 9.13 miles to the intersection of Route 97 and Route 220 in Friendship.
$63,000, Washington, Light Capital Paving, Route 206, beginning at Route 17 and extending north 1.57 miles to Razorville Road.
$22,000, Washington, ditching on Route 220 in Washington. Beginning at the intersection of Route 17 and 220 in Washington and extending south 2.60 miles to the Washington- Waldoboro town line.
$39,000, Appleton, Belmont, Searsmont, ditching and replacing culverts on Route 131 in Searsmont and Belmont. Beginning at the Appleton - Searsmont town line and extending northeast 6.91 miles to the intersection of Route 3 and Belmont Corner in Belmont.
$330,000, Belfast Municipal Airport, obstruction removal - Phase 2, Runway 33.
$355,000, Belfast Municipal Airport, installation of a fuel farm - phase 1.
$30,000, Transit Service Area Transit, Waldo Community Action Partners, dba Mid Coast Public Transportation, Transit Capital Assistance (fleet tracking software) for Federal Transit Administration § 5311 for statewide non-urbanized transit.
$861,000, Belfast, Poors Mill Road Sheldon Bridge (#5557) over Warren Brook. Located 0.89 of a mile east of Shepard Road.
$2.33 million, Route 1, Goose River Bridge (#2319) over Goose River. Located 0.15 of a mile east of Mitchell Street.
$45,000, Belfast, construction of float system, located on Main Street.
$60,000, Belfast, Repair pier cap, drains and paint bearings and beam ends on High Street Bridge (#6011) over Route 1 in Belfast. Located 320 feet northwest of Field Street.
$2,37 million, Belfast, Northport, Searsport, Ultra-Thin Bonded Wearing Course, Route 1, beginning 0.02 of a mile south of the Northport town line and extending north 3.76 miles, including the four ramps. Then beginning 0.13 of a mile west of Route 141 and extending east 4.57 miles, including Veterans Memorial Bridge (#5750).
$425,000, Brooks, replacing large culverts on Route 7 in Brooks. Beginning at the Waldo-Brooks town line and extending north 4.12 miles, ending at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 139 in Brooks.
$130,000, Brooks, Knox, Thorndike, ditching and replacing culverts on Route 139 in Brooks, Knox, and Thorndike. Beginning at School Street in Brooks and extending west 8.40 miles, ending at Route 220 in Thorndike.
$200,000, Frankfort Large Culvert Replacement, Loggin Road, 0.14 of a mile west of Old Stage Road.
$24,000 Hope, Lincolnville, ditching and replacing culverts on Route 235. Beginning at Lincolnville Center and extending west 3.00 miles to the Lincolnville-Hope town line.
$1,23 million, Jackson, Route 7, Great Farm Bridge (#3128) over Great Farm Brook. Located 0.12 of a mile south of Great Farm Road.
$50,000, Jackson, repairing two wingwalls on Perry Bridge (#3776) on the Village Road in Jackson. Located 0.34 of a mile east of Bog Road.
$45,000, Montville, ditching on Route 220 in Montville and Knox. Beginning at Halldale Road in Montville and extending north 8.10 miles to Belfast Road.
$20,000, ditching and replacing culverts on Route 52 in Lincolnville. Beginning at Collemer Road and extending north 0.82 of a mile to Route 173.
$100,000, right-of-way vegetation management on Route 173 in Lincolnville. Beginning at the Slab City Road and extending northwest 6.60 miles to the Lincolnville- Searsmont town line.
$270,000, Monroe, Swanville, Light Capital Paving, Route 141, beginning 0.13 of a mile west of North Searsport Road and extending north 6.75 miles to Route 139.
$1. 08 million, Northport, Mill And Fill, Route 1, Beginning 0.23 of a mile north of Pound Hill Road and extending north 2.70 miles.
$71,000, Palermo, ditching and replacing culverts on the Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. Beginning at the Friedman Shore Road and extending south 0.60 of a mile to the Gore Road.
$75,000, Prospect, Slope Stabilization/Protection, Route 1, ocated 0.20 of a mile north of Switzer Spring Road.
$205,000, Prospect, Searsport, Light Capital Paving, Nickels Road, beginning at Mt. Ephraim Road and extending east 5.13 miles.
$142,000, Searsmont, Light Capital Paving, New England Road, beginning at Route 131 and extending north 3.55 miles to Route 3.
$43,000, Searsmont, ditching and replacing culverts on the New England Road in Searsmont. Beginning 0.40 of a mile northwest of Route 131 and extending north 3.14
$10. 3 million, Searsport, Rural Highways Reconstruction, Route 1, beginning at Savage Road and extending northeast 1.85 miles.
$472,000, Searsport, large culvert (#46842) located 0.15 of a mile north of Route 1.
$17,000, Stockton Springs, ditching and replacing culverts on the Mt. Ephraim Road in Searsport. Beginning at Loop Road and extending south 2.30 miles to the Bog Hill Road.
$1,68 million, Stockton Springs, Large culvert (#94441) located 0.09 of a mile north of Muskrat Farm Road.
$1.59 million, Route 1, large culvert (#46702) located 0.03 of a mile north of the Searsport town line.
$99,000, Stockton Springs, light Capital Paving Cape Jellison Road, beginning at Lighthouse Road and extending north 2.47 miles.
$38,000, Stockton Springs, Light Capital Paving, Main Street, beginning at Route 1 and extending northeast 0.94 of a mile to Route 1.
$896,000, Stockton Springs, Route 1Am Large culvert (#94454) located 0.27 of a mile south of Blueberry Lane.
$75,000, Swanville, Slope Stabilization/Protection, Route 141, located 1.10 miles north of Town House Road.
$51,000, Swanville, Light Capital Paving, Frankfort Road, beginning at Route 141 and extending northeast 1.28 miles to West Park Lane.
$31,000, Winterport, Light Capital Paving, Route 69, beginning 0.14 of a mile west of Cole's Corner Road and extending southeast 0.77 of a mile to Route 1A.
$95,000, Winterport, Light Capital Paving, Cove Road/Back Road, beginning at the Hampden town line and extending southeast 2.36 miles to Route 1A.
$150,000, Winterport, Light Capital Paving, Route 139, beginning at Route 69 and extending southwest 3.75 miles.
Last year, the Legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. Commission members have identified an annual unmet funding need of approximately $232 million. Members recommend that after providing sufficient funding, the state gradually reduces its reliance on bonding. The Commission is continuing to meet this year to try to identify a nonpartisan solution to MaineDOT's chronic funding problem.
"Not meeting this need is both concerning and disappointing," said Paul Koziell, President of CPM Constructors, Inc. of Freeport. "The Work Plan is comprehensive and mentions lots of projects. However, what projects are not in this Work Plan as a result of this annual $232-million shortfall and should be? Think about this when you are driving and hit a crack in the road, a deteriorating road shoulder, or raised bridge joint and then need to bring your car, truck, or SUV to the garage for yet another front-end alignment. Maine deserves better. We need not only to maintain our transportation infrastructure but also to improve it. Regrettably, until there is a willingness to solve this funding shortfall once and for all, this will not be accomplished."
"Businesses in every sector in Maine are eager to recruit and train tomorrow's workforce," said Dana Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. "That workforce needs to be able to get to and from work safely, and their families need to be able to access educational and recreational opportunities throughout the state. Transportation infrastructure and having transportation choices is important to every single citizen in the state of Maine, which means it is important to every single business in Maine, no matter their size, their location, their product or service. Transportation is critical to every single one of us. We must make it more cost-effective to move freight, we must expand transit for our aging population, and we must do so with safety at top of mind. This Work Plan moves us in the right direction."
Read the full 2020 Edition of MaineDOT's Three-Year Work Plan: http://www.mainedot.gov/projects/workplan
Download images and renderings of Work Plan projects: https://file.ac/21euCO1oZvBVcYfYZrdHMA/