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Gorham East-West Connector Study - Presented February 15, 2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:55 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 11:57 AM ]
In 2007 Scarborough, Gorham, South Portland, and Westbrook identified a mutual interest in improving the overall traffic
conditions on the commuting corridors between the rural communities to the greater Portland Center.  The communities requested a study be performed by Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) to examine the feasibility of an East-West Connector to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety while maintaining our neighborhood centers.  For Scarborough these corridors include: Gorham Road (Rt 114), County Road (Rt 22) as well as collector and local roads that feed onto these State routes through North Scarborough.  The Connector project is aimed at identifying a limited access corridor to alleviate the traffic congestion issues rather than expanding existing roadways and creating a commuter highway through the Village Center in North Scarborough.

The MDOT and MTA have completed their study identifying the feasibility of creating new connector corridor.  The next step to move the Connector project forward is for the four municipalities to support a Legislative resolution which would grant the MTA the ability to build a connector once they determine the viability of environmental permitting and design.  The Town Council will be discussing the merits of the project and considering support of the Legislative resolution on March 1.

Please see the attached for the presentation presented to the Town Council on February 15, 2017.
Colette Mathieson,
Feb 17, 2017, 11:55 AM