May 22, 2013

Maine Senate votes to repeal mandate for east-west highway study

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA

— The Maine Senate has given final approval to a bill that repeals a requirement for a feasibility study on the proposed east-west highway.

The Senate's final approval Tuesday sent the bill, L.D. 985, to Gov. Paul LePage.

The resolve removes a requirement that the state Transportation Department conduct a feasibility study on the $2 billion project. The proposal calls for a 220-mile, privately run toll road connecting New Brunswick and Quebec via Maine.

The Legislature last session appropriated $300,000 for the study, but the study was suspended due to insufficient information about the project.

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