Regional agency commits $1.42M to Portland street projects

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PORTLAND — Federal funding of $1.42 million is earmarked for city road projects and studies over the next three years.

Paving projects on Washington and Allen avenues and preliminary design reports on traffic signal improvements on the peninsula are part of a three-year, $9.52 million spending plan announced by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System.

PACTS is the regional transportation agency that distributes U.S. Department of Transportation highway funds, some of which are passed through by the Maine Department of Transportation.

PACTS has committed a total of $700,000 for two paving projects on Allen Avenue, and almost $464,000 for repaving a section of Washington Avenue. The agency will also spend $83,750 for a preliminary design report on signal improvements on Congress Street from Myrtle to State streets.

Another $176,000 is committed for a preliminary design report on signal improvements at the intersections of Washington and Cumberland avenues and Washington Avenue and Congress Street.

The Washington Avenue repaving and a $425,000 project on Allen Avenue require a 25 percent local funding match, PACTS Director John Duncan said. A companion, $275,000 Allen Avenue project requires a local match of 50 percent.

“A year or two from now PACTS will fund the construction of the improvements recommended in the ‘Preliminary Design Reports’ after the preliminary design work has been completed,” Duncan added.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.