I talked to a Canadian the other day who was under the impression his country would pay a large part of the cost to build an East/West four lane highway across Maine.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2003Contact: Dave Lackey or Elizabeth Wenk/202-224-5344 SNOWE AND COLLINS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF $1.5 MILLION IN FUNDING THEY SECURED FOR MAINE EAST-WEST HIGHWAYWASHINGTON, D.C. â€” U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation will release $1.5 million in funding to the Maine Department of Transportation for continued planning and improvements to the Maine East-West Highway initiative. The funding supports further planning and study of the East-West highway corridor, and for specific construction projects along the route."For Maine, good roads and economic development go hand in hand â€“ but for too long, our state has lacked a reliable and efficient east-west route. Thatâ€™s why design, planning and construction of an East-West highway corridor has been a consistent priority for the state â€“ and the substantial funding being released by Transportation officials brings the project one step closer to reality," said Senators Snowe and Collins in a joint statement. "Coupled with completion of I-95 in northern Aroostook County, this initiative ranks among our stateâ€™s highest highway needs."The Federal Highway Administrationâ€™s Borders and Corridors Program will designate $1.5 million in funding to the State for the East-West highway project. Snowe and Collins fought for and secured the funding in the Senate Transportation Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2003, and maintained the funding in conference even though companion House legislation contained no similar funding. No further Congressional approval is necessary.The Maine Department of Transportation will use the funding from this initiative for a variety of improvements to Maineâ€™s major east-west roadways, in keeping with the Stateâ€™s policy of improving the existing corridor connecting Maineâ€™s borders with New Brunswick and New Hampshire. The funding for the East-West highway is the first direct federal appropriation for the route. Snowe and Collins succeeded in adding funding to the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), enacted in 1998, which committed a total of $4 million for the East-West highway initiative. During consideration of TEA-21, the Senators succeeded in increasing Maineâ€™s share of federal highway funding by 17.2 percent.# # #For more information, call:Dave Lackey (Snowe) - 202-224-8667Megan Sowards (Collins) - 202-224-2523Elizabeth B. Wenk
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine)
Wonderful~ Another East West Highway study. Why don't they dust off the old ones?