A third bridge
linking Maine to Canada will be built across the St. Croix River
at a Calais Industrial Park site. The $20 million bridge will
be upriver from the two existing spans.
to the Portland Press Herald, Gov. Angus King said that selection
of the industrial park site, two miles from downtown Calais, would
ease fears in the business community that drivers heading to and
from Canada might bypass the city.
The new bridge
will bypass St. Stephen, cross the river and run through the Moosehorn
National Wildlife Refuge to Route 1.
King said in press conference on Monday that Calais is the nation's
eighth busiest truck crossing and he hopes the new crossing will
help speed delays and traffic backups at the border.
at Calais has increased 63 percent over the past 10 years. On
an average summer day, more than 800 trucks and 14,000 cars cross
the border there. By 2030, those numbers are projected to increase
to 2,100 trucks a day and 21,000 cars.
the new span could be built by 2005.