National Group Outlines Transportation Guide for Maine 

A national transportation research organization has identified 50 transportation-related projects it says would support economic growth in Maine and improve quality of life.The projects include replacing the Martins Point Bridge in Portland and rehabilitating the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Kittery, developing a new cargo port at Sears Island and building an east-west highway from Calais to Coburn Gore.Most of the projects listed by the nonprofit TRIP would cost millions of dollars.Some of the projects already have been funded.The organization is reportedly scheduled to present the organization’s findings during a news conference Thursday in Portland.TRIP was founded in 1971 and is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers and labor unions. (The Associated Press)