Citizens take a “hard look” at MaineDOT’s I-395/Route 9 Study.

Waste of Taxpayer’s Transportation Dollars

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7.21.2017: Another transportation bond coming…

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6.09.2017: The DEIS reported that the City of Brewer would lose $37,000 per year for the simple fact that you cannot tax a road. The real fact is that the City of Brewer may lose a million dollars from this connector over the 20 year design-life of 2B-2…

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2.05.2017 – “We will build a great wall”!!

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2.05.2017 – An updated page (see 1.27.2017) that shows what all impacted communities will lose in tax revenues over the 20 year design-life of the connector. It’s not far-fetched to say that Brewer’s revenue losses may approach $1,000,000 and  Eddington’s losses may approach $500,000 over a 20 year period. What is the significance of the 20 year period? Benefit to cost (benefit divided by cost) is a simple mathematical ratio and must equal 1.0 or higher to be viable. That benefit is figured over the lifetime of the connector, or 20 years. The MaineDOT likes to say the B/C ratio for this project was 1.1; actually it is 1.007, so not sure how that rounded up to 1.1. Also, almost laughable is that the cost of 2B-2 was exactly the amount needed to make the B/C ratio work; that $61 million, as we would find out, is nothing more than a guesstimate at best. So, if the B/C ratio is based on 20 years, the tax revenue losses to the impacted communities needs to also be stated in the same 20 year period, and looking at the DEIS – that was not true: it is only stated as an annual loss – move along, there’s nothing to see here…

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Click here to view Bangor Daily News article dated 4.10.2016.

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Click here to view Bangor Daily News article dated 1.23.2017.

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1.30.2017 – By the end of the year or as soon as the final design is completed and the eminent domain process is done ruining the lives of 8 families and 54 property owners, we will know the full impact of the proximity effect. Tax abatement doesn’t go very far to make up for any losses that we may suffer, not even close! We will never be made whole again…

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1.27.2017 – Impacted communities may start feeling the monetary impact of this project by the end of the year; 2B-2’s final design and the eminent domain process have been funded by a $7.25 million appropriation in the DOT 2017-2019 Work Plan.

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1.09.2017 – What could be done with the money that will be squandered on 2B-2? How can new projects be considered when there is a $59 million shortfall annually in the current Work Plan?

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

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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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11.15.2016: Interesting article from Strong Towns.

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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: 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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3.14.2016: $2.8+ million dollars has been squandered over 15+ years to select a deficient alternative (2B-2) that was removed from further consideration in Jan 2003. We can’t afford to maintain our existing roads and bridges, yet the MaineDOT wants to squander away another $61 million on an alternative based only on near-term needs. AND, when the long-term needs come due in 20 years, your grandchildren will have to pay the bill…

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2.12.2016: We should all be concerned with $68 million shortfalls whether in the state or federal budget. It’s OUR money!!

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1.28.2016: Another snapshot of a future newsletter page. Have you ever wondered what 2B-2’s $61 million would buy? So did the ACOE – their DEIS statement was of course not substantive, but is as pertinent today as it was in July 2012 – wouldn’t that $61 million “be better spent on other unmet needs in the state?” Using estimates from the MaineDOT Work Plan, these are representative of just some of the unmet transportation needs that could be funded if the MaineDOT wasn’t so intent on squandering that $61 million on a deficient alternative named 2B-2. It’s no accident that I used bridge repair projects and pavement preservation in this demo as the new 3-year Work Plan contains $99 million (91 bridges @$1.09 million each) in unmet bridge repair needs and $105 million (327 miles @$321,000/mile) in unmet pavement preservation needs for a total $204 million shortfall over the next 3 years in the Core Highway and Bridge Programs.

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1.22.2016: A snapshot of a future newsletter page. Another question that I posed to the DEIS and the MaineDOT deemed as not substantive. How will your community make up for 2B-2’s reduction in revenue?

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1.21.2016: Snapshot of another page – MaineDOT has never addressed this statement in their October 2003 Technical Memorandum reference any alternative with a Route 9 connection point west of Route 46, those questions were long buried as not substantive. These derogatory statements need to be addressed – they forewarn 2B-2’s future – they cannot  be answered with a flippant “hard look at Route 9” remark…

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1.21.2016: Snapshot of another page – Highway Boondoggles 2 written by the same group as the September 2014 document below.

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1.21.2016: Another report that reinforces what many have been saying for years: 2B-2 is a waste of our scarce transportation dollars at a time when our state is “struggling to meet basic infrastructure maintenance needs” and 2B-2 offers “questionable value” and “no longer makes sense”. This study started 16 years ago – in 2000, and since 2B-2’s selection was basically decided by Sept2010, there has been “no newer evaluation of whether” this project “is justified”.

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1.17.2016: I’ve looked a little closer at this plan since I first posted about it on January 9th. I applaud the efforts of the MaineDOT to get a handle of the condition of our roads and bridges, BUT how do they plan to pay for it? Last year’s $85 million bond is included; in the fine print you will also find that they plan on approval of yet to be announced $100 million bonds in 2017 and 2018.

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1.17.2016: Another page from a future newsletter asks what would 2B-2’s $61 million buy? Wouldn’t that $61 million be better spent on the existing, unmet transportation needs of our state?

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1.09.2016: MaineDOT’s new Work Plan is now available on the MaineDOT website.

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1.08.2016: Another page from a future newsletter. Updated this page on 1.9.2016 to reflect the MaineDOT Work Plan issued on 1.04.2016.

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8/06/2015: Federal Highway Administration Road and Bridge Data by State (excerpted) updated July 9, 2015.

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3/4/2015: WLBZ news report “Maine DOT says it needs extra $70M a year for bridges.” Note that: “The MDOT report says there are more than 770 bridges in Maine that are more than 70 years old and need major repair or replacement.” And, the I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study keeps moving on… Should we spend $61 million on a deficient 2B-2 alternative or spend that $61 million rebuilding bridges that are in need of dire repair?

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3/3/2015: BDN article: Governor LePage is looking for an additional $100 million per year to rebuild Maine’s failing bridges, YET, theI-395/Route 9 Transportation Study Moves on…

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