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Everything 2B-2 for 2016 (July thru December)

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1.03.2017 – Just issued today – the latest and greatest 3 year MaineDOT Work Plan:

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12.31.2016 – The last entry of 2016: a compilation of what happened in the last 6 months in newsletter form. See you in 2017…

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12.27.2016 – Once again, an impacted community feels “hoodwinked”…

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12.20.2016 – Worth the read – once again – an outside agency frames perfectly the I-395/Route 9 Connector project.

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12.12.2016 – Recent headlines:

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11.30.2016 – We all should be appalled (but not surprised) by the grade of C- for our Bridges, the grade of D for our Roads, the grade of C- for our state’s Infrastructure and the unprecedented annual shortfalls (reported @ $68 million) in our roads and bridges funding at the same time that the 2B-2 project is going forward!!! Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend 2B-2’s $61 million (2011 dollars) construction cost on the unmet transportation needs addressed by ASCE in this report???

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11.29.2016 – Maine chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers report on Maine’s Infrastructure dated 11.28.2016:

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11.29.2016 – Portland Press Herald article posted 11.28.2016:

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11.29.2016 – Email sent this morning. How can the MDOT promote the 2B-2 connector project at the same time that our infrastructure is in such disrepair? Wouldn’t 2B-2’s $61 million be better spent on the unmet transportation needs of our state???

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Click here to view ASCE Report on Maine’s Infrastructure.

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11.23.2016: Bangor Daily News article from November 15th.

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11.15.2016: Interesting article from Strong Towns.

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11.06.2016: Words have meaning, but in this case the MaineDOT will not answer to their prior statements – instead they have buried my questions in the back of a book that no one will read.

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Click here to view these statements on page #5 of the official DOT connector website.

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11.06.2016: Interesting article-why do politicians promote new projects in favor of fixing the existing infrastructure? Basically, new projects are sexier than potholes and allows the politician a ribbon cutting talking point. AND-the states control the money that the Feds provide – in the case of this connector project – that’s 80% or $48.8 million. QUOTE: political incentives lead governments to direct resources to overly expensive or unnecessary projects and to underinvest in maintenance.

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11.02.2016: When the MDOT destroys our existing wetland for this questionable project, they will have to mitigate the loss by protecting wetlands in another area; normally mitigation takes place within the same area – but now the MDOT will make these mitigations 65 miles away that will have lasting affects on residents of Newcastle and once again eminent domain raises its ugly head!!

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11.01.2016: Portland Press Herald article.

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11.01.2016: Email sent today.

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10.31.2016: Email sent today.

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10.16.2016: WVII/WFVX report from October 14th.

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10.15.2106: WLBZ October 14th report on Route 1A safety issues.

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Click here to view BDN report from March 26, 2016.

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10.13.2016: Added comment to the BDN for “I-395 connector unnecessary” letter to the editor below.

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10.11.2016: Also in the same letters to the editor posted on 10.11.2016. A better question would be: how much of this bond will end up funding 2B-2 when these funds really should go to rebuilding our infrastructure? 2B-2 will cost Maine taxpayers $61 million +++ at a time when the state cannot afford to even maintain our existing roads and bridges.

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10.11.2016: Our Legislators continually complain about the lack of transportation funds at every turn – YET – the JSC Transportation acts more like an extension of the DOT than the check and balance to the DOT, the primary function of the JSC Transportation. That was very evident in our attempt in February 2015 to legislate the removal of 2B-2 from the process via LD 47. Until the DOT is forced to prioritize the maintenance of our existing failed roads and bridges before any new projects – especially a questionable project that does not meet the original purpose and needs and is unwanted by many – we will continue to face these enormous yearly shortfalls. Wouldn’t 2B-2’s $61 million cost go a long way to fund the unmet transportation needs of the state of Maine?

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10/11/2016: My email says it all…

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10/11/2016: We should not be surprised when opposition is ignored by the MDOT.

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10/06/2016: A neighbor echoes in…

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10/06/2016: Maybe if the MDOT stopped building these questionable new bypasses and instead repaired the roads and bridges we already have – we wouldn’t be voting on the 4th bond since the LePage administration took over – an administration that promised no new gas tax and no new bonds!!!

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10/06/2016: Why do government civil servants and elected officials NEVER do what they say they will do? Read on…

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10/06/2016: Who said this?

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9/30/2016: This letter was sent to those unfortunate residents in direct assault by this project that are losing their homes and some or all of their land and those that abut the right-of-way of the 2B-2 alternative. A POR form was attached (available upon request) looking for data, most of which is obtainable by anyone at any city or town hall, so I’m not feeling much of an obligation to assist the MaineDOT at this time…

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9/30/2016: Perhaps the most important question in this 16 year transportation study. How did we get from an alternative that would severely impact local communities and negatively affect people – in their own words – to where we are today? Why has no one stepped forward to hold these government officials to their own words?

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9/29/2016: Many questions and still few answers…

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9/28/2016: We were told by Maine DOT officials at the March BACTS meeting that, with the exception of the SML Bridge replacement in Kittery, this connector project is the number one transportation project in/for the state of Maine. This “priority” project has been in the “works” since the year 2000. You can judge for yourself by the schedule below if this seems to fit that priority that Maine DOT would like you to believe. I would only say that if this project was so important, why has it taken 16 years to get just to this point and another 7 to 9 years for fruition?

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7/29/2016: A letter to the Project Manager from a PAC member who lived in Clifton and worked for the Bangor Comprehensive Transportation System (BACTS). This letter provides insight into how this study was managed, how dismissive the Maine DOT was to a PAC/BACTS member; you will read how the Maine DOT reneged on how they looked at variations of the same alternative and you will see how meetings outside of the PAC process with influential citizens steered the process away from the first alternative (4B) that had regional support. I hesitated at first to put this up on the website, however, this letter is part of the official record and available on Maine DOT’s own website. I have pulled out her thoughts on her role as a PAC member and as mentioned – we deserve nothing less than a full accounting on the selection process. Maine DOT has failed to demonstrate to those impacted by the 2B-2 alternative – that this route is truly the best for the state of Maine. Why do I say that? 2B-2 does not meet the original purpose and needs to provide a high speed limited-access connection from I-395 to Route 9 to the east of Route 46 and in fact was removed from further consideration in January 2003 only to be reinstated by September of 2003 – and – only met 20% of purpose and needs in April of 2009. When criteria was changed to only 2B-2 and none of the other 79+ studied alternatives, did the Maine DOT go back and take a “hard look” at other alternatives? NO!! Why was 4B removed from consideration? We were told because of earthwork costs – it needs to be noted that this email offers a suggestion to ease the grade requirements from the freeway design criteria that was in affect at the time; also note that the design criteria for 2B-2 has been downgraded to rolling rural which eases the grade restrictions. Did the Maine DOT go back and look at 4B and others with the downgraded rolling rural design? Of course not – so here we are, impacted by an alternative which does not meet the original purpose and needs and will cost our state $61 million!!

 

The role of the PAC 7.29.2016

Click here to read complete email – it will open your eyes!!

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7.30.2016: It should be noted that the PAC did a remarkable job speaking for their communities and the PAC had absolutely nothing to do with the selection of 2B-2. At the April 15, 2009 PAC meeting, 2B-2 satisfied only 20% of the study’s purpose and needs while 5 other alternatives met 100% of the study’s purpose and needs – including 3EIK-2 – Maine DOT/FHWA’s preferred alternative at the time. April 15, 2009 was the last time the PAC was paneled and all decisions made after that date were made covertly with no input from the PAC or the governing leaders of the communities within the study area; Maine DOT didn’t even have the decency to advise the impacted communities of the changes in the study, the dismissal of the 5 alternatives that met 100% of the study’s purpose and needs and the coronation of 2B-2. The Maine DOT stayed underground from April 15, 2009 until I discovered their dirty little secret in mid-December of 2011; their silence was broken by a tip to the BDN. (L. Adams)

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7/27/2016: Posted comment on the BDN Letters to the Editor.

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7/21/2016: WLBZ/Channel 2 Report by Zach Blanchard, WCSH 11:09 PM. EST July 20, 2016 .

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7.21.2016: Gretchen Heldmann on WZON 620 – The Pulse.

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7.20.2016 Bangor Daily News article.

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7.19.2016: Bangor Daily News article.

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7.18.2016: WABI report.

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7.12.2016: Project status update from MaineDOT:

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7.06.2016: Once again – an accident on Route 1A in Holden brings traffic to a complete halt – as reported by the Bangor Daily News. The commenter is 100% correct that I-395 should be dumping most of the traffic onto Route 1A in Dedham – just as many have said in the past. SO – let’s instead – spend $61 million of transportation funds that we don’t have at a time when we can’t even afford to maintain our existing infrastructure on a connector to Route 9 that does not meet the original study purpose and needs and worry about Route 1A at some other time. Is this the best use of our limited transportation dollars?

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7.06.2016 BDN Comment

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7.04.2016: Latest newsletter-style compilation of news from May 1st to July 4th of 2016.

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7.04.2016: Tweeted out on the 4th of July.

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7.4.2016 Biggest lie

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7.03.2017: The biggest lie in the ROD is that the public was involved in this boondoggle. NICE TRY!!

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7.01.2016: Remember the condition of our bridges in the state? 33% of the total number of bridges in Maine are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. It’s not only the bridges on some back country route that are in need of repair. TRIP reminds us of the “state” of our state’s bridges on the interstate highway system. AND – once again we find that Maine is in the top ten worst nationwide for the amount of structurally deficient bridges on our interstates. Should we fix our deficient bridges or spend waste $61 million on another boondoggle bypass?? First it was the Caribou Bypass and now it is the Presque Isle Bypass – soon it will be the North Brewer Bypass!!

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