1.30.2016: Another snapshot of a future newsletter page – why weren’t all aspects of safety analyzed in this study? Why have the MaineDOT and the FHWA ignored and/or suppressed their previous statements of concern with safety and hazards on that same identical segment of Route 9? What about the cost in human lives nationwide due to poor road conditions? How much does it cost the average Mainer in car repairs due to existing poor road conditions. Wouldn’t 2B-2’s $61 million be better spent on the unmet transportation needs of our state?
1.18.2016: Another snapshot of a page from a future newsletter. As much as our friends in Augusta would like you to not question their September 2010 “hard look at Route 9”, that piece of Route 9 is an integral piece of the overall 2B-2 alternative. The conundrum that the MaineDOT/FHWA faces is that specific 4.2 mile section of Route 9 brings some serious baggage with it – specifically: “ten local roads and 148 existing drive or access points”. I have talked about this before with other MaineDOT and FHWA documentation; here is another FHWA document that “presents the sensitivity of safety to driveway density for roadway segments”. 148 access points exist on that piece of Route 9 for an average of 35 driveways/mile, not including the 10 local roads. Note: Table 12’s extreme right-hand column is 30 driveway’s per mile – so right at the start, 2B-2 is off the chart. FHWA HDQ’S advised on Mar2015 that the last traffic count on Route 9, east of Route 46, occurred in 2012 and was 5,760 vehicles per day. Route 9’s 2040 traffic is projected @11,560 vehicles per day east of Route 46. Interpolating Table 12 data, it appears that 35 driveways may be equal to 2.17 accidents per mile per year @ an ADT of 5,000 veh/day. Per Table 12: 4.2 miles of Route 9 (X) 2.17 accidents/per mile per year equals 9 accidents per year on just that 4.2 mile section of the new 10.3 mile 2B-2 connector using the 2012 traffic count. Interpolating Table 12, it appears that 35 driveways may be equal to 3.45 accidents per mile per year @ an ADT of 10,000 veh/day which is equal to 14 accidents per year by the year 2040 -again- on just that 4.2 mile section of the connector. Seems to me that safety was defined in this study as the “elimination of crashes”, so – tell me once again that 2B-2 is all about safety!! ROUTE 9 CANNOT BE SEPARATED FROM 2B-2. Once again, the words of transportation professionals are ignored by a “hard look at Route 9”!! Is this how the MaineDOT and the FHWA wants to commission a brand new $61 million highway?
1.12.2016: Another page from a future newsletter. All remarks within quotation marks are from state and federal transportation professionals. Most of these comments have been submitted in one form or another in my questions to the DEIS and none were considered substantive for comments. Our friends at Augusta have never answered to any of these remarks!! Don’t you think it’s about time that they do??