The Maine Turnpike Authority has voted to increase tolls on
the highway, a spokesman for the agency told Land Line.
to Dan Paradee, public affairs manager for the authority, the current toll for
a tractor-trailer running from York, ME, to Augusta, ME – the full length of
the toll road – has increase from $12.20 to $16.
The average increase for large
trucks is roughly 30 percent, compared with an overall average increase for all
vehicles of 22 percent.
The increased tolls, which go into effect in February 2005,
will raise $13.5 million a year for “a lot of bread and butter projects to keep
the road in top condition,” Paradee said.
“It’s for our next five-year capital improvement plan,” he
said. The $143 million plan “will pay for the rehabilitation of 15 to 20
bridges and the paving of 37 miles of turnpike.”
The largest project on the plan will be the reconstruction
of the toll plaza at York, which sits at the southernmost tip of the turnpike.
The plan also includes a laundry list of smaller work, such as guardrail
The Maine Turnpike is the second oldest toll highway in the
United States, the authority said in a statement. The 109-mile highway was built a half century ago, and includes
130 bridges, most of which were built with a 50-year lifespan.
The plan was approved by the Turnpike Authority at a meeting
July 23, Paradee said. The last increase occurred in 1999.
--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Mark Reddig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.