6.15.2018 – Finally, some positive news…
6.14.2018 – I hate to waste words, so here is the text from a recent email sent to a legislator with said name removed. Maybe this will jog your memory of an 18 year flawed process:
6.12.2018 – The big question is where is the money coming from and will there be more??
6.06.2018 – You know what they say – bad news drops on Fridays…
And the big question is: where does the state get the rest of the money? For the past 18 years it was known, or at a minimum hoped, that the Feds would kick in $48.8 million (80%) of the $61 million construction cost with the state kicking in the rest @$12.2 million (20%). Apparently that has now all changed, where does the state come up with an extra $23.8 million for a total of $36 million for the state’s share of the construction cost for this controversial project, a project that does not satisfy the original study purpose and needs, when our roads and bridges are in such dire disrepair and their repairs remain unfunded? Wouldn’t that $36 million be better spent on the unmet transportation needs of our state?
6.06.2018 – Show me the money…
5.13.2018 – How will we pay for what TRIP suggests be done to aid “older” drivers?
5.07.2019 – Another great graphic from TRIP:
5.01.2018 – Interesting comments from Eddington’s Town Manager:
4.26.2018 – The lawsuit is over, but the same problems remain…
4.22.2018 – Just another question of many that I asked and never got an answer for:
4.18.2018 – BDN reports on the end of the Wiscasset vs. DOT feud. This was always a no-win for the citizens of Wiscasset; the DOT has unlimited funds from Maine taxpayers and the town has very limited funds from just their own residents. Essentially, you’re fighting yourself with your own money and the state can just wait you out since their bucket of funds is bottomless…
4.17.2018 – Bangor Daily News article dated 4.17.2018:
At the same time that these bridges are reported in such a failed state, the DOT is pushing ahead with the $61 million I-395/Route 9 connector—a project that met only 20% of study purpose and needs in April/May of 2009—a project that lacks the support of the Brewer City Council—a project that has been funded with $8.75 million to complete preliminary engineering and the eminent domain process at this time. It is fiscally irresponsible to allow our existing infrastructure to decay to this point while going forward with a new controversial project that many believe is no longer necessary. It needs to be noted that President Trump’s new infrastructure plan may slash the TIGER grant program.
4.14.2018 – The DOT forces families in Brewer and Eddington out of their homes to establish State Highway “345”:
4.12.2018 – Latest article from the Bangor Daily News reference the Wiscasset “Bypass”.
4.09.2018 – The Democrat’s Infrastructure plan, like Trump’s, does not address the repair of existing problems: “Absent any real reform, we’ll merely be empowering states and metro areas to build new things that they can’t afford to maintain over the long-term.”
4.03.2018 – Portland Press Herald article on the continues Wiscasset squabble with DOT. I have experienced everyone of these shenanigans since we discovered that 2B-2 was the new preferred alternative AND the DOT failed to tell us for some 32 months – sounds like the DOT once again failed to tell the impacted community key criteria that they should have been told. Shame on them…
4.01.2018 – A compilation of news from January thru March of 2018:
3.30.2018 – Received the current established horizontal alignment information from the DOT today. Also learned that the connector will still go under Eastern Avenue as planned. The vertical alignment and completion of engineering plans cannot be accomplished until boring samples are obtained throughout the entire area.
I apologize that this is just a minor portion of the footprint; I would suggest, to those that need the footprint information that impacts their property – request that information direct from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
3.25.2018 – What were you doing two years ago today? It is well documented what some of us were doing that day as referenced in the Streetsblog USA article and the BDN article below and BACTS testimony under the “Obscured Facts” menu tab.
3.30.2018 – UPDATE – received horizontal centerline information as requested.
3.25.2018 – UPDATE – no answer to date to what we now know was “cut and pasted” to several neighbors over a one week period. In the 18th year, don’t we deserve better?
3.16.2018 – We may finally learn the full impact of this project within 2 weeks:
3.16.2018 – The MaineDOT says all bridges designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers are safe:
3.16.2018 – A common connection between bridges in Maine and the failed pedestrian bridge in Florida.
3.13.2018 – Here we go again, I’ve got a secret…
3.12.2018 – Problems ahead with the Highway Trust Fund…
3.11.2018 – Property owners either abutting or in the footprint of the connector have all received this access consent form; although not an official status update, I believe this to be the first exchange of information or status update since July of 2017.
3.12.2018 – Take the time and read Bev’s bio below; at the end, if you don’t say wow, you just don’t get it!! Bev has the background and qualifications to be a great state senator!!
3.10.2018 – Archie Verow announces his re-election bid for District #128 Representative:
3.10.2018 posting – my response on the second page says it all.
3.10.2018 – the continuation of Wiscasset woes with the MaineDOT:
3.08.2018 posting – FIX IT FIRST!!
3.08.2018 – Why the environment should not be ignored in Trump’s Infrastructure Plan.
3.08.2018 – Senator Collins announces TIGER funds to fix 3 Maine bridges:
3.08.2018 – Two postings about Maine’s most deficient bridge:
3.04.2018 – It dawned on me recently that I haven’t seen a familiar deficient bridge term, Functionally Obsolete, in ages. Well – that term was dropped from reporting from 2016 on, with a new reporting system starting this year. The deficient condition of 470 (19.3%) of Maine’s bridges has not been captured since 12.31.2015; what will Maine’s deficient bridge numbers look like with the new performance measuring report (included below) due out in October of 2018?
3.04.2018 – The Trump Infrastructure Plan, from the LEFT and the RIGHT:
3.04.2018 – The latest FHWA bridge data from the ARTBA and subsequent report on the NBC Nightly News:
3.04.2018 – An interesting, yet controversial idea; charge a damages tax to fix our roads:
3.01.2018 – Following the gist of the preceding posts, repairing roads and bridges is not sexy. Warning – strong language in the following 2015 video by John Oliver (HBO):
2.28.2018 – CNBC reports on Maine’s 48th ranking in infrastructure score…
2.28.2018 – Excerpts of previous article; repairing our infrastructure is not sexy enough…
2.28.2018 – CNN article on our crumbling infrastructure; there is no funding set aside for the actual maintenance and restoration of our roads and bridges – that will be up to our state politicians…
2.28.2018 – Our state infrastructure is in terrible condition and in most cases worst than the national average.
2.25.2018 – An opinion piece from April of 2017 – nothing has changed…
2.25.2018 – Please consider supporting Arthur (Archie) Verow and Bev Uhlenhake to represent you at the state legislature by contributing $5.00 to the MCEA in their name:
2.24.2018 – Curious how our government works; we don’t have enough money to even maintain existing roads and bridge – YET, the MaineDOT sees no problem spending $61 million on a controversial connector project (2B-2) that does not meet original purpose and needs of the study/project – AND, the local community does not support – YET, our Legislators table a year-old effort to raise highway funds. In February 2015, these same legislators saw no problem in spending $61 million because the state “may be required” to reimburse the feds $2.2 million for money spent to date – WHEN, that was not the case with the Wiscasset Bypass project when cancelled in 2011. Would you run your household like that; then why let your government – IT’S YOUR MONEY!!??
2.24.2018 – The Beacon, a local discussion about Trump’s Infrastructure Plan.
2.23.2018 – Hybrid bill voted down in Committee:
2.22.2018 – More woes in Wiscasset!!
2.16.2018 – At the same time that Trump introduced his new infrastructure plan, he also introduced his new budget which cuts the DOT’s budget by 13%; it eliminates the TIGER grant program which Maine has successfully used to fund several infrastructure projects; it eliminates the Essential Air Service program which subsidizes commuter air service at Maine’s smaller airports. And, when it seems Amtrak can’t stay on the tracks, the Trump budget cuts the support for long-distance Amtrak trains.
2.15.2018 -Bangor Daily News Editorial:
2.15.2018 – I would also add that, the MaineDOT is very good at squandering our limited transportation dollars on highly controversial and very questionable projects that local communities see no need for. It would make more sense to terminate such projects, as the I-395/Route 9 connector, and re-appropriate that $61 million to the unmet transportation needs of this state. IMO the DOT lacks the fiscal responsibility to manage their budget as can be seen by their actions…
2.14.2018 – Bangor Daily News article reference “problems” with the Wiscasset Bypass:
2.14.2018 – Portland Press Herald article ref. “problems” with the Wiscasset Bypass:
2.14.2018 – Bangor Daily News Opinion Editorial from Ben Sprague:
2.14.2018 – Maine’s highway fund is underfunded by about $160 million a year…
2.12.2018 – Trump’s Infrastructure Plan and proposed future funding in the BDN:
2.11.2018 – Just a little venting…
2.09.2018 – It’s all the fault of electric cars…
2.09.2018 – Interesting article on the SML bridge. Make your own conclusions…
2.06.2018 – An update on the Wiscasset Bypass project. Wouldn’t it be easier for the state to work with communities instead of steamrolling them?
2.12.2018 – An email to the Brewer City Council and impacted private citizens:
2.01.2018 – Another source speaks of Trump’s 80/20 infrastructure funding, labeling it as “a reversal of precedent”.
1.29.2018 – What if Maine had to pay 80% of this project instead of 20%? There’s a big difference between the current $12.2 million (20%/State funded $61 million cost) and the current $48.8 million (80%/Federal funded $61 million cost) that this new proposal may reverse. Whether the state funds 20% or 80%, how does a project get funded that so many are against and doesn’t satisfy the original purpose and needs of a study, now in its 18th year, when other transportation needs in our state go unmet? $61 million would fix a lot of bridges, roads and potholes…
1.17.2018 – Why don’t we hold our officials to what they have said??.
1.17.2018 – Bonds are not free….
1.10.2018 – The official 2018 MaineDOT Work Plan is now available online. As far as the connector project goes, the entry for 2018 mirrors that for 2017 with the exception that another $1.5 million has been added. No entries for this project for years 2019 and 2020. What seems to be missing are the budget shortfalls that have plagued our infrastructure repair for years. The annual $59 million shortfalls, as reported in January of 2017, may be masked by the presumption that $100 million G.O. bonds to be voted on in 2018 and again in 2019 will be approved by the public. This seems to now be an annual affair…
1.07.2018 – An increase in funding for engineering and eminent domain??.
1.01.2018 – Hope everyone had a great holiday!! Here’s a compilation of what occurred from April to December of 2017 in newsletter form. We should know in days how much money has been added in the DOT Work Plan to augment the $7.5 million from last year’s infusion for preliminary engineering and eminent domain.