“Yes” on transportation

Maine voters have a long history of approving bond issues dedicated to the improvement of the state’s highways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. This year’s $100 million proposal, the lone bond issue on the November general election ballot, should be no exception.

The measure, which already has received legislative approval, requests $80 million for construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and associated improvements for Priority 1, Priority 2 and Priority 3 state highways and the replacement or rehabilitation of bridges as deemed necessary by the Maine Department of Transportation.

An additional $20 million would be included in the bond issue for facilities, equipment and property acquisition related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, aviation, freight and passenger railroads, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails that preserve public safety or otherwise demonstrate high transportation economic value.

If approved, the bond issue is expected to generate an estimated $137 million in federal and other matching funds.

Maine’s economy depends on an adequate transportation system, and this bond issue proposal will help the DOT adhere to its ongoing schedule of maintenance and improvements. We suggest voters support Question 6 on Nov. 8.

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