May 21, 2020

MaineDOT Announces Additional Capital Projects
 
MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note recently announced the Department will be adding projects to its Capital Advertising Schedule. The additions follow comments he made earlier in the season at a virtual meeting with construction and engineering partners. “We are adding some projects to our schedule to take advantage of the safety, efficiency and cost benefits that we have begun to experience this year.”

The total estimated value of the work is $33.6 million, with advertising dates ranging from May 20 to July 29. 

“It is important to remind ourselves that delivering these projects is dependent on all of us continuing to implement COVID-19 best practices to keep our workforce and the public safe, and to continue to prove that construction remain the essential activity it is,” noted Van Note.
He continued: “I am grateful to Governor Mills for being one of the first governors to determine that construction was an essential sector during the pandemic, while some other states sere shutting projects down.”

Reconstruction/Excavation:
  • Abbot, Route 6: $7.8 million. Highway construction
  • Bridgton, Route 117: $749,000. Culvert replacement
  • Cumberland, Tuttle Road: $339,000. Culvert replacement

Paving:
  • Carmel-Bangor I-95 NB: $4.8 million. UTBWC & bridge joints
  • Old -Carmel, I-95 SB: $6.4 million. UTBWC & bridge joints
  • Woolwich-Wiscasset, Route 1: $3.0 million. Paving
  • Presque Isle, Route 1: $4.6 million. Mill & fill
  • South Portland, Maine Mall Road: $615,000. Mill & fill

Bridges:
  • Auburn, Taylor Brook Bridge (Hotel Road): $2.1 million. Bridge reconstruction
  • Old Town, Route 43 over I-95, Bridge #6061: $3 million. Bridge deck replacement

To download full list of projects with advertising dates and WIN:

Commissioner Van Note will be holding a Zoom meeting in the near future to discuss the projects and answer questions the transportation community may have.

Senator Collins Pushing for Changes to PPP
~ Calls for more relief for transportation ~

According to Bangor Daily News’ Michael Shepherd (@bangordailynews), US Senator Susan Collins announced changes this afternoon to the PPP Loan program from the Senate Floor. The reforms include:
 
  • Extending the deadline to apply to December 31
  • Allowing 16 weeks to use loan funds, instead of 8
  • Allowing use of funds for PPE and adaptive changes
 
More information will be forthcoming. Earlier this week, Senator Collins announced her support to assist Maine state government and municipal government which would provide over $2 billion in relief for Maine.  Bipartisan Group Supporting $500 billion for states and local governments
 
She also is calling for relief for Maine ports and our motor coach industry during the pandemic. FMI:  Senator Collins' on Ports and Motor Coach Relief.

Please contact the MBTA office if you have questions or if we can help. I hope you and your family and co-workers continue to be safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your support , and Happy Memorial Day!

Maria

Maria@mbtaonline.org
207-622-0526
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