Transportation

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Significant improvement is needed to meet Maine's transportation needs.

No significant movement since the last available data

Benchmark: At least 85% of highway corridor Priority 1, 2 and 3 miles will be rated Excellent, Good, or Fair.

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Overview

Maine’s transportation network connects us to each other and to the world. Together, roads, rails, airports, and seaports can support an integrated transportation system that promotes economic activity by getting goods and people to their destinations efficiently and affordably. Public transportation is a critical component of this system, allowing people to access employment and services without a car, and reducing congestion and pollution.

Our roadways carry the vast majority of passengers and freight. Poor road conditions can lead to personal injury, property damage, and extended commute times. The Maine Department of Transportation grades roadways from A (excellent) to F (unacceptable). This measure shows grades for the most-traveled and economically significant (“Priority 1”) roadways.

In 2020, 819 miles (59%) of Priority 1 highways were graded A, B or C, and 579 miles (41%) received grades of D or F. This shows slight (1%) improvement from 2019, but the proportion of Maine highways receiving top grades is still far below 2012 levels.

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Highway Miles Rated Excellent, Good, or Fair

Maine Department of Transportation