10.01.2019 – Another damning and embarrassing infrastructure rating: 4th WORST!!
9.19.2019 – Two reports on the new commission:
9.12.2019 – A report from News Center Maine:
8.15.2019 – WABI reports on the ongoing bond issue:
6.23.2019 posting – “…meaning the lack of a new transportation bond would not cause any immediate problems. Legislators, however, say they hope a bond can be approved and sent to voters in November to avoid any interruption to the DOT funding stream.” This one single bond will cost Mainers $29 million in interest payments over the ten year maturity of the bond; we should not depend on bonding as an integral part of the “funding stream”.
6.08.2019 posting – not many people realize that the FHWA has drastically changed the definition of what is now structurally deficient within the bridge rating system – if you don’t pay attention, one would think things are getting better when that is not the case:
5.10.2019 posting – WABI report on cancelled projects:
10.16.2016: WVII/WFVX report from October 14th.
10.15.2106: WLBZ October 14th report on Route 1A safety issues.
7/21/2016: WLBZ/Channel 2 Report by.
7.21.2016: Gretchen Heldmann on WZON 620 – The Pulse.
7.18.2016: WABI report.
4.27.2016: Link to this morning’s interview on The Pulse AM 620 on WZON.
4.25.2016: Upcoming event with Gretchen and our friends at The Pulse-WZON AM 620.
3.09.2016: Two reports today on work proposed in Wiscasset. I must ask why the good people of Wiscasset get to “choose to do nothing” via a referendum vote while our voices have been squelched from day one?
1.16.2016: WFVX Bangor report on MaineDOT Work Plan.
1.16.2016: WLBZ2 report on the new MaineDOT Work Plan.
1.16.2016: MaineDOT unveils 2016-2017-2018 Work Plan on WABI TV5.
12.16.2015: The MaineDOT may have shown their hand on the future of up to 30 more bridges in rural Maine at a time when the MaineDOT can’t even afford to maintain the roads and bridges we already have. They bemoan an annual $70 million in unmet bridge needs while vigorously promoting an expenditure of $61 million on an alternative (2B-2) that only met 20% (1 of 5) of purpose and needs in Apr 2009. 2B-2 was given the appearance of meeting purpose and needs by Dec 2010 by changing the study to make 2B-2 fit!! Note their use of: “inconvenience and angst”. They just don’t get it…
26 August 2015 – Gretchen Heldmann interview on WZON The Pulse Morning Show – Summary of process to date, discussion of recent updates regarding STIP.
18 Feb 2015 – Gretchen Heldmann interview on WZON The Pulse Morning Show – Summary of process to date, discussion of LD 47.
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?
2/23/2015: WABI TV reports on a $26 million shortfall in federal transportation funds for a 5 year period ending in 2013. And once again, one must ask: what is this strange fixation that the MaineDOT has with 2B-2? “…Maine needs an additional $119 million a year just to maintain the transportation system’s basic needs.” This just makes me want to scream!
19 Sept 2013 – Gretchen Heldmann interview on WZON The Pulse Morning Show – skip to about an hour into the show, 01:01:15. Basic overview of study to date, summary of issues with current route choice, MDOT transparency issues.