Friday, August 24, 2007

Here's something you don't hear every day...

In a copyrighted article in today's Bangor (Maine) Daily News , Peter Vigue, president and CEO of Cianbro Corporation, a local mover-and-shaker in the international construction industry, has shown some real initiative. He's proposing a new, toll highway, to be built with private funds (and probably a private bond issue, would be my guess) across Maine from East to West, connecting mainland Canada with the four Atlantic Canada provinces.

(was that a tortured sentence or what!)

Read the article, it is merely an overview of the proposal. I, for one, have been proposing such a highway for the past twenty years to anyone who'd hold still long enough to listen. Now, this is all pipe-dreams and wishful thinking at this point -- the number of hurdles that would be thrown up by the granolas and tree-huggers will be formidable. The bureaucratic red tape will kill whole forests, just to get the permits to cross the mountains in Western Maine, let alone over rivers and through swamps, wetlands, bogs, fens, and the current darling of the 'friends of the furbish lousewort', "vernal pools" and the like. But, it is an idea whose time has come. It'll probably be well after my passing and Peter Vigue's before it is completed, but I am confident that it is one step closer to reality.

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