KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Highway engineers envision an extra travel lane on the I-95 bridge during peak hours and motorists zooming through a new York Toll Plaza without stopping, making it easier to...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation has canceled nearly $60 million worth of road and bridge projects that it planned to pursue this year to avoid busting its...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation commissioner is warning that higher-than-expected bids will mean tens of millions of dollars in cuts on road work.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority say signs with real-time traffic conditions are going to be ready in time for the summer travel...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says the Maine Department of Transportation will receive more than $900,000 to pay for the cost of debris removal necessitated by a severe fall storm...
I-95 lane to close while nest platform is relocated
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Wildlife and transportation officials are moving a nesting platform for endangered peregrine falcons in Maine to protect workers on an Interstate 95 bridge.
MDOT gets in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is warning motorists that drunken-driving on St. Patrick's Day could "cost you a pot of gold."
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation has acquired four properties in recent months to make way for an expansion of I-395 another six miles.
Maine DOT expresses Valentine’s Day love with highway signs
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation has some valentines for motorists.
Maine gets in spirit of the Super Bowl with highway signs
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is getting into the spirit of the Super Bowl.
Illuminated informational signs along interstate highways are flashing messages like, "Be The Tom Brady of Driving." That message draws inspiration from the Patriots' quarterback.
Whiteout conditions lead to crashes in northern Maine
CYR PLANTATION, Maine (AP) — State Police say whiteout conditions in northern Maine contributed to several crashes including one that left a police chief with multiple broken bones.
Spokesman Steve McCausland said the trouble area Tuesday morning was U.S. Route 1 in Cyr Plantation, just south of the town of Van Buren. He said 10 vehicles including two Maine Department of Transportation plow trucks were involved in crashes.
Man who worked for Maine DOT killed in snowmobile crash
LONG POND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say a man has died in the first fatal snowmobile crash of the winter.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says 57-year-old Bryan Sylvester appears to have struck a snowdrift, which caused him to be ejected from his snowmobile in Long Pond, not far from his home on Saturday afternoon.
Maine gov-elect taps turnpike director to run transportation
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor-elect says she is nominating a director with the Maine Turnpike Authority to be the new commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation.
Democrat Janet Mills says Bruce Van Note of Houlton will bring a quarter of a century of transportation experience in Maine to the job. He is currently the director of policy and planning at the turnpike authority.
Road projects around Maine get major boost from feds
FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Three transportation projects around the state of Maine are getting a boost of nearly $27 million from the federal government.
One of the projects is in Kingfield, Woodstock and Fryeburg while one is in Waterville and another is a statewide effort by Maine Department of Transportation. The projects will be funded through the federal BUILD program.
Maine effort aims to keep traffic moving on busy corridor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has launched an effort to keep traffic moving on a busy southern stretch of highway.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine Department of Transportation has hired an outside company to start providing safety service patrols Monday on Interstate 295.
$5M from feds to help rural bus service in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bus systems in the state of Maine, especially those in rural areas, will receive more than $5 million for a battery of improvements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation says the grants will modernize and improve bus service in the state. The money is part of more than $366 million in grants that is headed to bus systems around the country.
Maine denies animal rights group’s lobster memorial request
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials are rejecting a proposal by an animal rights group to build a "roadside memorial" in Maine near the site of a truck crash that spilled 7,000 pounds of live lobster.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the Maine Department of Transportation for permission to build a tombstone on Route 1 in Brunswick, asking drivers to "Try Vegan."
Southern Maine gets more than $2M to add electric buses
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to get more than $2 million in federal money to help pay for electric buses in the Portland area.
The transportation department worked with other organizations, including Greater Portland Metro, to submit a proposal for the grant. The money is coming through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Low Or No Emission Discretion Grant Program.
BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Drivers: Better watch out for caterpillars in one Maine town.
The Maine Department of Transportation posted an alert for two days that the insects were making things slippery along Route 15, or Mines Road, in Blue Hill. As of Thursday, the department said the incident "has been cleared."
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Motorists traveling around Maine this holiday weekend will see residents' creativity on display.
Message boards warn motorists that, "A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket." Another one says, "Spend Money on Lobstahs — Not Speeding Tickets." Yet another says, "Put Down UR Cell — Or You May End Up In One."
They're part of contest run by the Maine Department of Transportation.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — After being open to traffic for about one month, a new bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is closed for a week as crews finish their work.
The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, on the Route 1 Bypass, opened March 30. It closed again Monday and is scheduled to reopen on May 6.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Road signs directing motorists to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are going to be installed — eventually — now that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has relented in his opposition to the signs on Interstate 95 and state roads leading to the Mount Katahdin region.
Maine official: Bridges designed by firm are safe
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is reassuring the public that it's safe to travel bridges designed by a company involved in the design of a Miami pedestrian bridge that collapsed in a deadly accident that killed at least six people.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Preliminary designers for repair work on a bridge that connects New Hampshire to Maine are estimating construction could take until 2021 to complete.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Maine Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting Monday night in Portsmouth so contractors could interact with the public.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three Maine bridges will be replaced thanks to a $10.8 million federal grant.
A federal TIGER grant will replace bridges deemed structurally deficient or at risk of fracture in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.
The Maine Department of Transportation says it wants to replace the bridges before they fall into complete disrepair and harm the region's economy and infrastructure.
MDOT awards contract for new ferry to be built in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine shipyard has won a contract to build a 250-passenger vessel for the state ferry service.
The Maine Department of Transportation is awarding the $8.8 million contract to East Boothbay boat builder Washburn & Doughty. Officials say the company was one of five bidders — and the only Maine shipbuilder — to submit a proposal.
Katie Doughty Maddox, vice president of sales and marketing, said the company is proud to have Maine workers building the 154-foot ferry.
Maine town rejects state’s traffic settlement over changes
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — Town officials say they rejected a settlement with the Maine Department of Transportation over a traffic project because Gov. Paul LePage changed a key agreement.
Water main break closes down Maine road for up to 5 days
WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says a busy road in Windham may be shut down for days after a water main broke.
WGME-TV reports Windham's Center Road was shut down after a water main break was discovered Wednesday morning. The Portland Water District says it predicts this section of the road could remain closed for as many as five days while repairs are ongoing.
Maine-New Hampshire bridge to open by year’s end
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will open in a matter of weeks.
Maine-based contractor Cianbro is being fined $1,000 a day after the Sept. 1 opening of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, was delayed.
Ron Taylor from Maine DOT tells WGME-TV that it's been a "very long and challenging process."
Maine town sues over road project it says would harm village
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A Maine town has sued the state over a project aimed at improving flow of traffic through its waterfront village area.
The state wants to widen the town's Main Street, which is a major point of congestion in coastal Maine during the summer tourism season. Wiscasset officials say the Maine Department of Transportation's project would harm the historic character of the downtown village.
State holding forums to gather data on pedestrian safety
WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is spearheading a new project to make the roads safer for state residents who like to walk.
Residents, state officials split on how to fix intersection
CASCO, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Maine town are in disagreement with state transportation officials over an intersection described by one resident as crash prone.
There were at least two crashes at the intersection of Route 121 and Route 11 in Casco this summer. WGME-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2yJmeMB ) Maine Department of Transportation officials have proposed a 4-way stop as a potential fix.
River traffic to be closed on Piscataqua near bridge project
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the Piscataqua River near a bridge under construction connecting New Hampshire and Maine will be closed to all marine traffic for a 10-day period, starting Oct. 17.
The Coast Guard says the closure will allow the Maine Department of Transportation and a construction firm to install a new lift span for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. It says the closure is necessary to provide for the safety of all waterway users and construction workers.
Maine DOT working plans to fix difficult intersection
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is working on plans to rebuild an intersection that has drawn numerous complaints.
Thousands of drivers use the intersection in Brunswick each day. WGME-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2xJSzVN ) department officials say they hope the new proposal eases up congestion in the intersection.
Brunswick Town Councilor Kathy Wilson says making a left turn is a nightmare.
Construction truck mishap leads to flat tires on I-295
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About 15 motorists say they have flat tires because they drove over dumped construction debris on I-295.
A Maine Department of Transportation spokesman says a construction company's dump truck drove over a bridge joint in South Portland and spilled out all of the construction debris it was carrying late Thursday.
Bridge opening delayed to November
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Transportation officials have again pushed back the opening date of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.
The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2fJVPtT ) the bridge was previously projected to open to traffic in mid-October, which was a setback from the original Sept. 1 opening. Now, Maine Department of Transportation senior engineer Ron Taylor says the bridge will open in early November.
GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Regional planners have awarded $9.9 million to transportation projects in Greater Portland that include improved sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and traffic signals on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth.
The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System announced the 13 awards after the agency and the Maine Department of Transportation reviewed 21 proposals.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A growing concern about crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles is leading to a series of workshops sponsored by the Maine department of transportation and a bicycle coalition.
The state says that safety is a two-way street and said attendees will leave with reflective gear and safety tips.
State records show Maine saw 17 pedestrian fatalities last year, down from 19 in 2015 but up from 9 the previous year.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Officials say winter rains delayed construction on a new bridge that will link Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, but traffic should be flowing over the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge by the middle of October.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Motorists on an interstate that cuts through the heart of Maine won't see signs this summer directing them to a national monument created by President Barack Obama because the governor won't let state workers install them.
GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage believes a merger between the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation would benefit residents by leading to the elimination of most tolls.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2mUjsh8 ) LePage made the remarks before approximately 150 people at a town hall meeting held in Gorham on Wednesday.
BATH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says reconstruction of the viaduct that carries U.S. 1 traffic through Bath is ahead of schedule.
Glenn Philbrook from the MDOT said the $15 million project is three weeks ahead of schedule.
The original timetable had the work being completed by Memorial Day, to avoid traffic snarls with heavier traffic in the summer.
Speed limit going down to 65 mph on I-295
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is lowering the speed limit on Interstate 295 from Falmouth to Topsham by 5 miles per hour.
The new speed limit of 65 mph will go into effect on March 27. The agency is attributing the need for a lower limit on an increase of crashes and traffic on the highway.
Officials say new Bath Viaduct project is ahead of schedule
BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the construction of a new Bath Viaduct is ahead of schedule.
The viaduct resembles a bridge and it carries traffic through Bath's downtown and by Bath Iron Works shipyard. State engineers said last year that the viaduct's roadway and supporting piers were worn out.
Work to replace Sarah Mildred Long Bridge continues
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Transportation officials say work to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is on schedule despite the cold weather.
The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2ijYkjN ) that traffic on the Portsmouth side of the Piscataqua (pihs-KAT'-ah-kwah) River has been rerouted this past week as workers add new roadway segments to pier one.
Maine DOT workers repair US Route 1 viaduct
BATH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the U.S. Route 1 viaduct in Bath, and motorists should plan for disruptions.
Work is getting underway after Columbus Day on the bridge-like structure that has carried U.S. 1 traffic over historic downtown Bath since 1958. The new viaduct will be a quarter-mile long and will run from High Street to the Sagadahoc Bridge on the Kennebec River.
Crews to remove Sarah Long Bridge’s center span next month
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Marine traffic will be prohibited in the Piscataqua (pihs-KAT'-ah-kwah) River's navigable channel for one week next month as crews remove the center span of the now-closed Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.
The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2cnI5xp ) the waterway will be closed from Oct. 10-16 according to the resident engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation's bridge replacement project.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bicyclists who are peddling more than 300 miles from Calais to Portland will stop in Maine's capital city.
The 17 bicyclists are cycling on the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail route that goes from the Canadian border to Key West, Florida. Maine Department of Transportation officials say the tour will reach Augusta on Friday.
The bike trip began on July 31 and ends on Saturday. The ride is hosted by the East Coast Greenway Alliance to...