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Jonathan Cartu Declare: Transportation bond urgently needed this year

Transportation bond urgently needed this year

Jonathan Cartu Declare: Transportation bond urgently needed this year

There has never been a more important transportation bond vote in Maine than the one to be decided on July 14.

Question 2 asks voters if they support a $105 million state investment in Maine’s transportation infrastructure. This bond will be used to match an estimated $275 million in federal and other funds. Like past years, the vast majority of these funds will be used for highway and bridge projects statewide as planned by the Maine Department of Transportation.

Unlike past years, approval of this bond is needed to support projects ready to go to construction this year. If this bond does not pass, the Department of Transportation will have no choice but to cut projects.

Of course, 2020 is a year like no other. We are fortunate that, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Janet Mills deemed construction work essential. The dedicated staff at the Department of Transportation produced this essential work at an exceptional rate, delivering projects at a best-ever, on-time rate of 97 percent. In April alone, we opened bids on 58 construction contracts — the highest monthly total in the past three years. Those contracts have continued to support hundreds of good-paying construction jobs at a time when Maine needs them most.

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