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All Things Maine

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

East-West Highway a High Priority

An east-west highway running through Maine has been designated a "Congressional High Priority Corridor."

The highway is described on the DOT website as "commencing in Watertown, New York, continuing northeast through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and terminating in Calais, Maine." The route in Maine generally follows Route 2 from Gilead to Newport (with a yet-to-be-constructed bypass around Skowhegan), and then Interstate 95 from Newport to Bangor. An extended Interstate 395 will connect I-95 to Route 9, which runs east to Calais and the Canadian border. A connector near Skowhegan will admit traffic to and from Montreal and other points north.

$28 million has been earmarked for the project, to be spent over the next six years. The entire project could take ten to twenty years to complete.

A 1999 study by the Maine DOT and State Planning Office considered several different routes for such a corridor.
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