LePage Green Lights East-West Highway Study
Thursday in Augusta Governor LePage signed into law a bill that allows a $300,000 feasibility study of an East-West highway.During a brief signing ceremony the governor was flanked by Republican lawmakers who celebrated the achievement.The latest plan calls for a highway built with private funds and maintained with tolls. Supporters estimate it would cost $2 billion.LePage says he hopes to see ground broken on an East-West highway during his tenure as governor. “We’ve been to Canada and spoken to the premiere in New Brunswick and premiere in Quebec and there very excited about thus opportunity,” LePage said. “It is good for commerce between the United States and the state if Maine and the Atlantic Provinces, including Canada.”The cost of the study must be paid back to the state by the developer if the highway gets the go ahead.