Rising costs will force the Maine Dept. of Transportation to cut multiple road and bridge projects from its $393-million work plan for 2019. Although the agency increased its construction cost estimates by 10%, bids for projects already advertised have routinely exceeded those amounts by as much as 60%. Several large new construction projects are expected to be set aside in favor of maintenance work, which is already underfunded by $108 million, according to the agency. Legislative proposals to increase the state’s fuel tax have so far encountered strong opposition.
Budget Forces Maine To Defer Multiple Road, Bridge Projects
May 8, 2019