SMRPC Corridor Planning

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Route 236 Corridor Implementation Committee

This Committee, formed in the Fall of 2004, includes the towns of Kittery, Eliot, and South Berwick, Maine DOT, the Maine Turnpike Authority, York County Community Action, the Seacoast New Hampshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and others. The Committee was formed as a response to several different studies completed in the last 3-5 years. This effort, while updating data on current conditions of the roadway, almost exclusively focus on implementing strategies and programs which will attempt to preserve existing capacity and reduce future municipal and state expenditures on Route 236. The plan is to work with not only the Corridor Committee, but also municipal decision makers in all towns to ensure that these recommendations are considered and adopted.

Links to Route 236 Corridor Implementation Committee Information Below:

 

Staff Contact: Tom Reinauer

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Route 111 Corridor Committee

SMRPC has been working with the municipalities of Sanford, Alfred, Lyman, Arundel, and Biddeford, along with Maine DOT, the York County Sheriff's Dept. and the State Police. The Corridor Committee convened to address land use patterns and growth in the corridor, coordinate the various enforcement, planning, and improvement implementation efforts, and to share information between agencies and between municipalities. The shared vision of all entities involved is a safer highway and the preservation of its important east-west mobility function.

Links to Route 111 Corridor Committee Information Below:

 

Staff Contact: Tom Reinauer

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Route 109 Corridor Committee

SMRPC has been working with Sanford, Wells, Maine DOT, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and York County Community Action. The purpose of the Committee is to provide coordination between the many land use and transportation planning efforts related to Route 109 in an effort to build a long-term coalition between Corridor stakeholders, and to determine if the road will be able to meet the mobility needs of the anticipated future economic and residential activity in the region. Another objective of the committee is to assess the impact of Maine DOT's access management rules on existing and potential future curb cuts, and develop access management strategies to preserve road capacity and enhance safety along the corridor.

Links to Route 109 Corridor Committee Information Below:

 

Staff Contact: Tom Reinauer

Corridor Committee Members

Agenda & Minutes

Route 109 Corridor Study - 2004

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The Route 113 Corridor Committee

On July 21, 2004, comminity leaders from the towns of Standish, Baldwin, Hiram, Brownfield and Fryeburg met together for the first time to identify common issues and opportunities of interest to the region. Ideas included economic development, public safety, village revitalization, outdoor recreation, tourism and municipal services. The group began to meet on a regular basis and it wasn't long before they decided to organize a Route 113 Corridor Committee. Over the past four years, the Route 113 Corridor Committee has hosted more than 30 meetings. By working together to improve the quality of life in the Saco River Valley, the Committee has been able to accomplish quite a log, including:

  • Eight public forums on rail, creative economy, recreation, tourism and other topics
  • Passage of LD 328, a legislative resolve to study the cost of restoring the Mountain Division Rail Line, which was funded from the passage of the Transportation Bond in 2007.
  • Track to the Future, a ceremony on August 1, 2008 to celebrate the State's purchase of the Mountain Division Right of Way to complete the rail connection from Greater Portland to Fryeburg.
  • Adoption of an Economic Opportunities Strategy.
  • State designation of Route 113 from Standish to Gilead as a Scenic Byway.

The Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway

In the spring of 2007, the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission and the Western Maine Cultural Alliance submitted a Scenic Byway Eligibility Application to the Maine Department of Transportation for the Route 113 Corridor. Upon completion of the application, SMRPC was asked by its partners and MaineDOT to act as the lead agency for future scenic byway planning efforts since most of the corridor traverses through the SMRPC region.

In August 2007, the Route 113 Corridor from Standish to the White Mountain National Forest/Gilead Town Line was recognized by Maine DOT as the Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway; one of Maine's three newest Scenic Byways. The purpose of a Scenic Byway is to recongize and conserve intrinsic resources, promote economic development and provide a way to leverage funds for improvements along the corridor. The Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway applicaton was prepared through the efforts of three partners: Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission (SMRPC) and the Western Maine Cultural Alliance.

 

With pellet plant in mind, Maine seeks rail grant - Portland Press Herald

Meet a pedaling commuter: Podiatrist makes it a lifelong habit - Concord Monitor

Grand opening of Fryeburg Rail Trail Oct. 14 - The Conway Daily Sun

Hard work leads to Mountain Division ‘Rail Trail’ reality - The Bridgton News

Road Trip: The Pequawket Trail — Officially: scenic; unofficially: a great fall ride - Sun Journal

Developer looks to Baldwin for New Wood Pellet Plant - WGME 13

New plant would ship wood pellets to Europe - The Portland Press Herald

Falling off track: Mountain Division line project put on hold - Keep Me Current

Rail Trail: Vision takes shape for Mountain Division multi-use trail in Fryeburg - The Conway Daily Sun

Trails group to state: "Stop the Spraying" - Keep Me Current

Biking: Fryeburg rail trail chugging along - The Conway Daily Sun

WCSH 6 News Report - February 28, 2011

Commonly asked questions about becoming a byway click here.

Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway Application for Maine Scenic Byway Status click here.

More information is also available on the Western Maine Cultural Alliance website.

Click here to learn more about existing Maine Scenic Byways.

Click here to learn more about the National Scenic Byway Program.

Paquawket Trail Scenic Byway contact: Myranda McGowan

Economic Development Planning

In conjunction with the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), SMRPC is partnering with Fryeburg, Brownfield, Hiram, Baldwin, and Standish to assess regional economic development opportunities for the Route 113 Corridor using funding from a recently awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Standish to Fryeburg Economic Development Planning Contact: Caroline Paras, GPCOG

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Agendas & Minutes

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Transportation Home Page

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Route 1 Corridor Coalition

SMRPC and KACTS began a Route 1 Corridor Coalition planning effort in the winter of 2006. The Corridor Coalition represents public and private sector groups with a stake in the future of U.S. Route 1 from Kittery, ME to Biddeford, ME. The coalition is currently in the process of studying existing conditions of the corridor's transportation, land use and economic development needs and will be developing a purpose and needs statement and action plan.

Links to Route 1 Corridor Coalition Below:

 

Staff Contact: Tom Reinauer

Agenda & Minutes

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Upcoming Meetings/Events

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