Title

Although some of the recent controversy concerning the Maine Turnpike Authority

Authors

Douglas Rooks

Source

Mainebiz

Date

10-31-2011

Pages

1, 18-19

Abstract

Although some of the recent controversy concerning the Maine Turnpike Authority has subsided, the new director, former state Sen. Peter Mills, and new board chairman, former Chief Justice Dan Wathen, still have some major issues to address. Instead of relying as heavily on Kansas City, Mo.-based engineering firm HNTB, Mills has begun to give other contractors the opportunity to bid for contracts, giving Maine-based and New England companies a chance to compete. For several years, the MTA and others have focused on replacing the York toll plaza as a way to deal with summer and holiday congestion but Mills sees the tall, curving Piscataqua River Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine as a bigger impediment. Turnpike leadership will likely hear renewed calls for the MTA to merge with the Department of Transportation and requests to further reduce their budget. With sidebar about competitive bidding for MTA contracts.

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