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New bills to preserve State control over transportation development, and eminent domain

Op-Ed by Chris Buchanan | March 25, 2015

The proposed East-West Transportation, Communications, and Utilities Corridor has raised important public policy questions regarding the state’s transportation policy. Two bills have been introduced by our Maine legislators to ensure the proper role for the state in transportation planning, maintenance, and development, without increasing regulations or stymying infrastructure that is desired by local people. The bills would create an equal playing field for all significant transportation proposals that may utilize the Public-Private-Partnership […]

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Mainebiz magazine promotes Peter Vigue and EWC

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February 23, 2015 | Mainebiz

Like the real estate motto, Maine offers location, location, location BY PETER VAN ALLEN

During hard times or hard winters, Maine and Mainers chug along. Yet there are always those asking how Maine can grow and prosper.

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with Peter Vigue, chairman of the Pittsfield-based Cianbro Cos., the largest construction firm based in Maine, with $530 million in annual sales and […]

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Letter to the editor: Cianbro still brandishing corridor ax

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January 4, 2015

It’s been over six years since the Cianbro Corp. published its feasibility study on the 220-mile strip of industrial development known as the East-West Corridor.

Since Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue met with strident opposition after airing his plan before the Penobscot County commissioners in Bangor in May 2013, the status of this construction project – which would be the largest in Maine’s history – has been shrouded […]

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Maine east-west highway timeline

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff | Posted Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:45 a.m. Follow on Twitter Find on Facebook

1990 – Leaders at the New England Governors-Eastern Canadian Premiers’ conference in Hartford, Connecticut, recommend the creation of an east-west highway through Maine that would link the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec.

1991 – Departing Speaker of the House John L. Martin told Presque Isle […]

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Dead or dormant? Proponents, opponents weigh in on status of east-west highway proposal

BDN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC ZELZ By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff Follow on Twitter Find on Facebook Posted Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:37 a.m. Last modified Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:53 a.m. Related stories Maine east-west highway timeline Link to original article.

PITTSFIELD, […]

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Major power company signs on to wind and hydro transmission project through Maine

By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff | Dec. 10, 2014, at 9:01 a.m. Follow on Twitter Find on Facebook Link to Original Article.

PORTLAND, Maine — National Grid, one of the region’s largest utilities, has signed on as a partner in a power transmission project that would link Maine wind projects and Canadian hydropower to population […]

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Maine Grandmothers Unite to Halt Plans for New Highway

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05/23/2014 Reported By: Susan Sharon Frustrated by what they say is the failure of legislative and political efforts to stop the proposed east-west highway, a small group of grandmothers is taking matters into its own hands. The grandmothers have started holding monthly vigils in front of Cianbro headquarters. Cianbro is the Pittsfield-based construction firm that wants to build a 220-mile-long closed access toll highway that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore. As Susan […]

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East-West Highway Update 1-7-12

1) In a letter to Susan Collins, thanking her for passing a bill that increases the truck weight limits on the interstate, Searsport selectmen also asked her to consider supporting an East-West Highway through Maine.

If you live in Searsport, or know people who do, please talk to the selectmen about this decision.

Here is the article: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/news/story/selectmen-press-senator-for-east-west-highway-development/477526

2) Also, the Maine East-West Highway Map has been updated! Check it out: http://defendingwater.net/maine/maine-east-west-highway-map/

3) We found a […]

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Action Alert: East-West Highway Feasibility Study Moving Forward!

LR 2358, An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Transportation for a Feasibility Study for an East-West Highway, has been given the green light for consideration this session.

Background

The idea of a Maine East-West highway has been kicked around the Maine Legislature since 1981. However, public and/or private funding has never been provided to study the feasibility of such a highway or to finance its construction.

Canadian businesses want an East-West highway to move goods more cheaply […]

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