Shortcut through Maine could get underway by 2015: report

BANGOR, Me. — A local news report indicates a toll highway from Calais, Me. to Quebec could become a reality as early as 2015.

The Bangor Daily News reported Peter Vigue, a proponent of the toll road, said construction could begin in 2015. He said the state is considering whether to proceed with a $300,000 feasibility study.

Vigue is CEO of construction company Cianbro. He told the paper he is eager to get the approvals in order so work on the project can begin.

“Once we get a green light, we can move ahead with the design and getting all of our permits, which we believe is going to take about two years,” Vigue told the Daily News. “Then we can start working.”

The highway could provide a shortcut for Canadian truckers, linking St. Stephen in New Brunswick to the Quebec border. The highway, Vigue said, would provide easier access from the Maritimes to markets in Ontario and Quebec.

“It’s very important that the state of Maine work in a collaborative manner with our Canadian neighbors,” he said. “We have the same economic challenges and issues to deal with.”

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