Maine governor OKs transportation-funding bond issues for ballot

Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed into law last week LD 1415, which mandates that two bond issues be placed on the November ballot to improve highways, bridges and multimodal facilities.

The bond package totals $85 million, and the funds are meant to be used to improve infrastructure through projects, create jobs and enhance economic development. It will apply specifically to the State of Maine.

“This critical investment of $85 million into Maine’s transportation system will assure thousands of contractors and construction workers with long-term job security and continuing paychecks, and in turn will strengthen Maine’s infrastructure and economy,” LePage said.

“This bond is critical for the state to deliver on its current Work Plan commitments, which keep our transportation system strong,” LePage said.

“The citizens of Maine have always recognized the importance of a solid, well-built, well-maintained transportation infrastructure,” David Bernhardt, Maine Department of Transportation commissioner, said. “I am confident when asked in November, the voters will continue to allow us to strengthen Maine’s economy and build a transportation system that will benefit generations to come.”

The governor officially signed the bill on July 1. Voters will decide whether to approve the bill this fall.

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