Maine lawmaker introduces bill to reopen two rest areas

| 2/4/2011

A lawmaker in Maine has introduced a bill aimed at reopening two rest areas along Interstate 95 that were closed nearly two years ago because of budget cuts.

State Sen. Douglas Thomas, R-Ripley, introduced his bill in early January. It would reopen the two Pittsfield sites that the Maine Department of Transportation closed in June 2009 in an effort to save $690,000 over a two-year period.

The state DOT also blocked access to the parking areas using gates. Those closed sites had been previously updated by the agency back in 2002-2003, which cost an estimated $1.5 million.

Thomas? bill also calls for reopening a scenic overlook on I-95 northbound in Medway. His bill has been referred to the state Senate?s Committee on Transportation.