A recent editorial in the Portland Press Herald by Maine Transportation Committee Chair Andrew McLean lays out the challenge ahead. He notes that, for our state, reliable and safe roads and bridges are critical for Maine’s key industries including agriculture, forestry, fishing, construction and tourism.
He also makes the case for the state taking a leadership role in funding essential repairs: “…We’re falling short of what’s needed just for basic road and bridge maintenance by roughly $168 million each year. Last year, the department presented the “Keeping Our Bridges Safe” report, which stated that we need to spend $70 million more per year just to keep our bridges safe.”
What’s the solution? McLean reports that the legislature’s Transportation Committee currently is looking at several possible options.
Watch this space! Fix It Now! Maine will be following developments at the State House and report back.