AUGUSTA – A legislative effort to force the state to install road signs for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has hit a roadblock.
In the wake of Governor Paul LePage’s refusal to allow the Department of Transportation to erect signs on the state’s highways, senators from Penobscot and Aroostook Counties tried to get an emergency bill introduced. They were met with a republican wall opposing the move but they say they’ll keep trying.
Senator Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton, said “The folks that have businesses want to take advantage of the season. It’s a significant distraction if the signage is not there.”
Senator Jim Dill, D-Old Town, added “So going up 95, you don’t know which exits to take or whatever. So signage is the perfect way to do this so people can find their destination.”
President Obama established the National Monument last year, despite the objections of Governor LePage. Now, the designation is under review by the Trump Administration.
In a radio interview Tuesday morning, the governor said he would not allow the state Department of Transportation to install the signs.