All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, October 20, 2005

It's Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

The conclusions drawn in a study released today about Maine's roads and bridges won't surprise many: They're in bad shape.

The Road Information Program found 36 percent of Maine's bridges and 31 percent of roads to be in poor condition, costing Maine drivers an average of $282 a year in extra vehicle operating costs—about $263 million statewide. 15 percent of bridges were found "structurally deficient," and 21 percent were found "functionally obsolete."

Topping the list of structurally deficient bridges is that carrying Route 1 over the Piscataquis River in Kittery, built in 1923. The most heavily congested road in Maine is I-295 in South Portland and Portland, with daily traffic of 35,327 vehicles.

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