Problems For Future Road Work. 

The future holds problems down the road for highway and bridge funding, and there is no immediate action likely before next year’s session. The Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee members meeting on Tuesday talked about raising tax and license fees. The also considered taking money from the bridge fund to come up with millions of dollars needed to pave rural roads. Furthermore, with no more sessions for the rest of the year, no further action is likely before 2010. Members have been asked to find ways to fund maintenance that is scheduled on 600 miles of rural roads, likely coasting close to $25 million per year. The committee co-chair, Democratic Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton, says no money’s availablefor next year’s work.