Question 3: Bond Issue

Public Law 467
Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue, including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?

One hundred million dollars of the proceeds from the sale of these bonds would be administered by the Department of Transportation for the following purposes:

  • Highways, secondary roads and bridges ($80 million) — construct or reconstruct state highways that have been designated as Priority 1, 2 or 3, repair secondary roads in partnership with municipalities and replace and rehabilitate bridges.
  • Multi-modal projects ($20 million) — variety of projects, including facilities, equipment and property acquisition related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, aviation, railroads (both passenger and freight), public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian trails. The intent is to fund projects that preserve public safety or otherwise demonstrate high economic value.

An additional $1 million would go to Maine Maritime Academy for improvements to its waterfront pier in Castine. Another $5 million would be administered by the Department of Environmental Protection as a competitive grant program to upgrade or replace municipal culverts at stream crossings in order to improve fish and wildlife habitats, reduce flood hazards and improve storm water management.