Maine Lawmaker Pushes Bill Authorizing Turnpike Authority to Build a New Spur

Portland Press Herald looks at legislation sponsored by Representative Andrew McLean that would “authorize the Maine Turnpike Authority to build a 5-mile toll road linking the turnpike with Route 114 south of Gorham,” reporting that, “The idea of creating a turnpike spur has been considered for almost a decade and has already been studied closely by the authority.” [Link added.] Peter Mills, the turnpike authority’s executive director, tells the newspaper, “We need legislative authority to go ahead and build it – it is not part of our general mandate. We just don’t go out and build highways without being told to.”