The I-395/Route 9 Connector is nothing more than a band-aide fix; a short-term project with no long-term benefits. Please view the excerpt below from the Draft EIS page 258 of Appendix C and note the highlighted “less than YES” answer under the Meets Needs System Linkage column: “In the near-term(Year 2035)”.
This project does not meet the long-term needs and thus does not provide long-term benefits; the DOT can’t have it both ways – in MaineDOT’s own words this project is a near-term (short-term) project and thus does not meet Governor Mills’ Infrastructure Policy to “invest in projects that will show a long-term benefit, versus short-term appearances.”
2B-2 is the ultimate photo-op and nothing more; unplanned and unfunded long-term needs have been punted 20 years into an unknown future for your children to pay for. If Maine can’t afford to fix the roads we already have, how will they afford to rehabilitate this boondoggle twenty years from now?
MaineDOT’s mandate was to provide a limited-access connection from I-395 in Brewer directly to Route 9 EAST of Route 46, intentionally bypassing the intersection of Route 9/46 and the historic Village of East Eddington – that was the system linkage need for the first decade of this study and the MaineDOT is well aware that in the future this connector will have to be rehabilitated to provide the system linkage that was covertly shelved in September 2010 and still ignored today.
The following documents are a good review of how we got here and how the 2B-2 alternative goes against all previous DOT mandates. These documents were sent to Janet Mills before and after she was elected; they were ignored and sent on to the DOT for dismissal…
The $61 million cost (2012) of this boondoggle ballooned in 2020 by +70.5% to $104 million at a time when the DOT cannot even afford to minimally maintain the bridges and roads we drive on every day!!
1.14.2021 – As could be predicted – the MaineDOT is crying for money and now want a $150 million bond this year, after already spending half of the last bond prematurely. Want some money? Cancel the $104 million connector that Brewer doesn’t want!!
1.05.2021 – Maine’s Highway Fund as of 12.01.2020 had a shortfall of $28,593,667.00!!
1.04.2021 – As we await the annual MaineDOT Work Plan for 2021/2022/2023 – here’s the condition of our infrastructure per the ASCE:
12.31.3020 – A compilation of what happened in the last quarter of 2020: