Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro Corp., is spearheading an effort by corporate investors to build a transportation and utility corridor that would run 220 miles from Calais to Coburn Gore, beginning with the construction of a four-lane highway. Labeled as the Trade Gateway through Maine, this toll road is intended for heavy-weight-truck transport from Canada across Maine into Canada. The corridor does not follow existing state highways and would require between 500 and 2000 feet in right-of-way width (compared to I-95 at 300 feet wide). The State of Maine was conducting a publicly funded feasibility study on the private investors' project, costing state taxpayers $300,000, but during the last legislative session members of STEWC worked with legislators to rescind that study, and also lifted the confidentiality clause in Public-Private-Partnerships so that PPP information would be available to the public.
Why is it called a transportation and utility corridor?
Cianbro and others have routinely termed this a "transportation and utility corridor," but when directly questioned have denied that it will be anything other than a highway. Stop the East-West Corridor is concerned that the citizens of Maine are not receiving full disclosure of the intentions and scope of the project.
Unanswered questions remain:
Will the utility corridor include transmission of power with accompanying high-tension towers and lines through Maine?
Will the utility corridor include pipelines for highly corrosive tar sands oil or for natural gas from fracking wells?
Will LPG be transported along the corridor?
Will Maine's clean water supplies be extracted and transported along the corridor for sale elsewhere?