Your Mission: Find the Worst Road in Maine
A pothole pop your rim?
Rough pavement make the trip to work or school a funhouse ride?
Tell the Maine Better Transportation Association about it – our Grand Prize winner will receive $529!
The April weather plays havoc on pavement, and Maine’s state roads, highways and bridges have had it bad this year. The Maine Better Transportation Association wants you to prove this by taking part in its “Worst Road in Maine Contest.”
The purpose of the contest is to get Maine drivers to consider the impact potholes, ruts and cracking pavement have on their everyday life. This year, the winner will receive the $529 grand prize – that is the amount researchers have estimated that every Maine resident pays in extra maintenance, repairs and accident costs due to bad roads. The statewide total is $541 million.|
According to the most recent Maine Infrastructure Report Card issued by the Maine Section, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), approximately 18 percent of Maine highways – or 1,530 out of 8,645 miles of state highway – are rated poor or worse.
To make progress fixing Maine’s highways, state-aid roads and bridges, it has been estimated the state needs more than $100 million in additional highway funding beyond the money raised by the gas tax, voter approved bonds and other funding sources.
“The potholes that are tearing our cars apart this year are a big reminder that we need to be doing something to fix our roads,” said MBTA President Pat Sughrue. “Too often, we think we are saving money by not addressing the funding problem, but in truth, we are just shifting the cost – in terms of safety hazards and increased maintenance costs – to the individual driver.”