Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:48

Bill would allocate funding to fix Maine's roads and bridges Featured

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Bill would allocate funding to fix Maine's roads and bridges

AUGUSTA- A bill working its way through the legislature would help create funds to fix Maine's roads and bridges.

The bill features several proposals from both democrats and republicans, that would help come up with $75 million to put towards the projects.

Maine DOT estimates that it costs around $160 million to maintain these structures each year.

While this proposal wouldn't completely cover the cost, it's at least a start.

“We don't drive on republican roads or democratic bridges. We drive on Maine roads and Maine bridges. So we've got to come up with a bipartisan solution to figure out how we're going to fix our roads and bridges,” said Rep. Andrew McLean of Gorham.

Representative McLean says that officials on both sides of the aisle agree this is a problem that needs to be fixed.

However, their ideas on how to do so differ.

McLean says he hopes they are able to reach a solution this year.

Ashley Paul

Evening News Anchor/Reporter
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Ashley joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in April 2015. After working as an intern at Fox 29 in Philadelphia, Fox 25 and Channel 7 in Boston, and The Today Show in Australia, she is so excited to officially kick off her career as a reporter here in Maine!

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ashley has had an interest in news since anchoring the morning broadcast at her elementary school at the age of 10. Ashley is also a graduate of Boston University, with a degree in Journalism. At BU, she participated in various BUTV programs and reported live from the democratic headquarters during the election day coverage.

When not at the station, Ashley enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching movies. She is so excited to enjoy all that Maine has to offer, so if you see her out be sure to say hello!