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Legislation would help make rural roads a priority when considering upgrades Featured

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Legislation would help make rural roads a priority when considering upgrades

AUGUSTA - When Maine State Transportation officials decide which roads need work the more heavily traveled roads take priority.

One Maine state senator wants the road planners to consider the vehicles using the roads and direct more funding to rural roads.

 

Senate Minority Leader Troy Jackson , D-Allagash, said "It's not just about the traffic flow. It's about what's actually being hauled on those routes. You know, it's a major artery for goods getting to sawmills throughout Maine. And those roads, since I was a kid, some of these places haven't had culverts replaced and things like that, that have been complained about since i was a kid."

 

While the resolution he proposed is non-binding on the DOT, Jackson said it would reflect the sentiment of the legislature on road maintenance priorities.