Maine Senate OKs east-west highway study bill

2:50 PM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Legislation seeking $300,000 in state money to do a feasibility study of an east-west highway across Maine has won initial approval in the state Senate.

The bill passed 19-15 following a debate Tuesday in which supporters said the project has potential to bring in $2 billion in private investments. The bill faces further House and Senate votes.

Opponents, however, warned that the $300,000 cost of a feasibility study could balloon by hundreds of thousands and others suggested that private investors should pay for the study.

The study on what's envisioned as a privately owned and operated toll highway extending from New Brunswick in the east to Quebec in the west has the support of Gov. Paul LePage's administration and several associations representing construction industries, and pulp and paper-making.

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