Small business owners voice concerns over east west highway

5:21 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Small business owners expressed their concerns on Tuesday about the proposed east-west highway just hours before the transportation committee took on 6 bills regarding the project.

The plan calls for a 220-mile highway connecting Calais to Coburn Gore.

Chuck Peabody owns a whitewater rafting company in The Forks. He says he's one of 10 rafting companies worried about losing land to eminent domain or to the project affecting the layout of the area.

Other business owners worry the new highway would take traffic away from Routes like 201, 2, even Route 1; hurting businesses already thriving.

Those for it, say the highway could bring even more business to those areas.  Sen. Ron Collins says the construction itself would create jobs, the highway would make it easier for lumber businesses and farmers to transport their goods, and the highway would attract more people to build in the area.


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