AUGUSTA – Officials from the Maine Department of Transportation announced its Three-Year Work Plan early Tuesday.
The plan includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
It contains more than 2,000 work items with a total value of $2.59 billion.
“This plan is how MaineDOT fulfills its mission, to responsibility provide our customers with the safest and most reliable transportation system possible, given available resources,” Commissioner Bruce Van Note said.
One issue the commissioner brought up was the lack of funding the department has faced in recent years.
The commissioner said there is a $232 million shortfall.
“The work plan makes a real effort at addressing Maine’s transportation infrastructure needs. Unfortunately, the work-plan does not get the job done. Despite the department’s best efforts, delivering the work plan is still predicated upon funding that may not materialize,” said Paul Koziell, president of CPM Constructors, Inc. in Freeport.
According to Koziell, the work plan relies on bonding and competitive federal grants to address basic transportation needs.
The work plan states, $1.3 billion dollars will fund highway and bridge projects throughout the state.
According to the Maine State Chamber of Commerce President and former MaineDOT Commissioner Dana Connors, the public release of the work plan shows the integrity and transparency of the department.
“Think about the value it brings to a legislature or to the public when you have laid before you three years of work. Three years of what has been done, three years of what needs to be done,and those who weren’t completed perhaps in those first three years, and an explanation as to why,” Connors said.
The work plan can be accessed online at MaineDOT’s website.