Dexter Town Council Temporarily Blocks East – West Highway 

Dexter’s town council is temporarily blocking plans for an East – West highway. The longtime debate in many surrounding towns is whether or not a private, $2-billion, 220 mile, 4 lane highway should be built between Calais and Corburn Gore.On Thursday the town council passed a 180 day moratorium ordinance in a 4 – 2 vote. During that time, they plan to develop and implement the necessary zoning and land use ordinances to block pressures to develop.Some see the highway as a threat to the public health, safety, and welfare of the town. At a public forum, townspeople had their voices heard.”This town council knows a lot more than it’s saying about what’s going on and what will be going on than we assume,” said one opponent. “Once the shovel hits the soil there will be no more negotiating, no going back. We’ll no longer be in charge of a large portion of the town because it will all be privately owned by foreign investors,” said one proponent. The so called “East West Corridor” also faces challenges in Augusta.Last month the transportation committee voted in favor of a bill calling for more transparency in public-private transportation projects.The senate also voted to repeal the requirement for a feasibility study on the proposed project.