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Turnpike seeks input on proposed 10-year plan

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Turnpike Authority has developed a preliminary 10-year plan and is seeking the public's input on their proposal.  State law mandates that the quasi-governmental agency develop an operating plan each decade and allow residents and turnpike users to weigh-in on it before it is adopted.

"The last 10-year plan included about $600 million of work over a decade," stated Dan Morin, spokesman for the MTA.  "This plan is down to about $250 million that includes no toll increases within the 10-year plan."

Morin says the MTA will continue to rehabilitate and replace many bridges along the highway, as well as repave an average for 50 lane-miles a year over the next decade.

The plan also includes no layoffs. 

"We are currently at our minimum level of operations for cash toll collectors," said Morin.

Tuesday's high school sports postponements

NEWS CENTER - With a growing list of cancellations due to Tuesday's snowstorm, here is a list of high school sports postponements from across Maine. All make-up times listed are approximate varsity starts.

BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTH PORTLAND @ THORNTON ACADEMY - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

SEARSPORT @ PENOBSCOT VALLEY - PPD

BOOTHBAY @ MOUNT ABRAM - PPD TO 5:30 PM MONDAY

DIRIGO @ MONMOUTH - PPD

WAYNFLETE @ TRAIP - PPD TO DEC. 23RD

NOBLE @ SCARBOROUGH - PPD TO WEDNESDAY 7 PM

BONNY EAGLE @ MARSHWOOD - PPD TO 6 PM THURSDAY

YORK @ GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER - PPD TO 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY

BIDDEFORD @ WESTBROOK - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

GREELY @ YARMOUTH - PPD

FRYEBURG ACADEMY @ KENNEBUNK - PPD

WELLS @ LAKE REGION - PPD

WINDHAM @ SANFORD - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

CONY @ MT. ARARAT - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

CHEVERUS @ MASSABESIC - PPD

L-A bus service resumes after temperatures froze hydraulics, steering systems

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Citylink bus system has resumed service between Lewiston and Auburn.

The extreme cold overnight shut down the system.

City officials said the freezing cold temperatures overnight froze air lines and caused issues with hydraulics and steering systems.

Buses are on a Saturday schedule until additional vehicles are available. The Minot Avenue and Downtown Shuttle routes are not running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pirates' Miele earns AHL player of the week award

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Portland Pirates forward Andy Miele capped a career week by being named the CCM/AHL player of the week. 

Miele tallied three goals and three goals and five assists, including his first professional hat trick.  Portland's only blemish of the three games a shootout loss to Providence on Friday. 

The Pirates leading scorer last season has a team-high 24 points. 

Portland is back in action on Friday night when they travel to Manchester.

Dave Rowe's 20th annual Holiday Concert

DAVE ROWE'S 20TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT

Dave Rowe, Phil House and Denny Breau will be on stage for their 20th annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 PM at the First Universalist Church of Auburn.

For more information on the concert click here: DAVE ROWE HOLIDAY CONCERT

High speed crash in Lisbon Falls kills one teen

LISBON FALLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - One teenager was killed and another seriously injured after a car crash on Maine Street in Lisbon Falls early Saturday morning.

Investigators say 16-year-old Andrew Chapman lost control of his car, left the roadway and struck a tree. Chief David Brooks from the Lisbon Police Department says he was likely going too fast at the time of the crash.

Rescuers used the jaws of life to free Chapman from the wreckage and he was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland where he died from his injuries.

A passenger, Michael Coffin, underwent surgery at Central Maine Medical Center where he remains this weekend.

Two passengers in the rear seat got out of the vehicle on their own. They were treated at the hospital and released.

The Lewiston Police Department is helping in the investigation.

Friends of fish helping get new ideas, waterways flowing

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine is a water rich state, with thousands of miles of rivers and streams cutting through our fields and forests.  There are also thousands of miles of public and private roads and trails that dissect the state, but in the past when it came to building crossings over those waterways the thought often was about how to get water from one side of the road to another, not about the fish trying to cross under the roads.

Now the Fisheries Improvement Network (FIN), a collaboration between land owners, government agencies and environmental groups, is working to educate people about ways to build better passage ways and improve the habitat for fish, and for overall stream health.