East-West Highway Meeting In Bangor Draws Big Crowd 

A proposed east-west highway in Maine has sparked its fair share of controversy.Tuesday was no different.”We have not predetermined the location of this highway. We have not,” said Cianbro CEO, Peter Vigue.It was standing room only in the old courthouse on Hammond Street in Bangor for a presentation on the proposed east-west highway.”We do not want to destroy anyone’s livelihood. We are super sensitive to that. We are doing everything we possibly can to avoid impact,” said Vigue.After the presentation from Vigue to the Penobscot County Commissioners, the public had an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns.”We the citizens of Garland Maine and the surrounding communities do not want this so called east-west corridor to pass through our towns, or any other Maine towns,” said one citizen.”The countryside is absolutely world class and we should not allow it to be destroyed or degraded by this corporation that wants to make millions of dollars,” said another resident.”We are very sensitive to the quality of life. We’re not going to destroy the town of Garland, we have no intention of destroying the town of Garland,” said Vigue.Vigue also said the highway would not be routed through Dover-Foxcroft or Peaks Kenny State Park.There were also questions about talks of a potential pipeline. “That accusation has been made over and over again, and it’s not accurate and it’s not true. I think if you take the time to understand where the tar sands pipeline is going, it will go through Quebec and it will go through New Brunswick and it will not go through the state of Maine. Stay on top of what’s going on in Canada right now and they have no intention of crossing our border,” said Vigue.He says an exact route for the proposed highway will not be decided on until the end of this year.