More than $20M authorized for regional transportation projects

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PORTLAND — The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System has announced more than $20 million in funding for road, path and bus projects in greater Portland.

The funding is made up of local, state and federal contributions and was decided after PACTS undertook a regional analysis of the needs of the 15 municipalities and seven public transit systems in the area.

In Portland, funding was authorized for several paving projects including about $1.1 million for paving along the Eastern Promenade and almost $800,000 to pave Capisic Street. The money for the paving projects will be available in the next few months.

On Park Avenue, $260,000 will be allocated to improve bike lanes and pedestrian ways. Nearly $200,000 was set aside for a pedestrian connection at the Interstate 295 Exit 7 ramp from Marginal Way to the Back Cove trail. Both those projects are scheduled to happen between October 2011 and September 2013.

About $112,000 is earmarked for an electronic ticket program at Casco Bay Lines.

In Scarborough, $3 million will go toward construction of the intersection at Dunston Corner. That funding will become available between October 2011 and September 2013. Funding for connecting the Eastern trail in South Portland to Scarborough is also earmarked for that time.

South Portland is also slated to get about $203,000 for a Mill Creek transit hub and nearly $240,000 for a transit maintenance building.

In Cape Elizabeth, more than $40,000 in funding will be allocated for a project yet to be determined, but possibly for the Shore Road pathway. That funding will be available in the coming months.

Falmouth is getting more than $30,000 for paving Route 1. About $766,000 is going toward paving of Route 1 in Freeport.

In Cumberland, more than $400,000 was authorized for paving and sidewalk construction along Tuttle Road.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net

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