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The Sierra Club Says the East-West Highway is a Bad Idea

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I have been hearing about the East-West Highway it seems like forever, and now the Sierra Club says it is not the greatest idea for Maine. The environmental group actually called the proposed east-west highway across Maine one of the worst transportation projects in the United States.

The Sierra Club report took a close look at 50 of the country’s best and worst transportation projects. The Sierra Club feels the privately run, four-lane toll highway through the Maine woods would have a negative impact on air and water quality and affect critical wildlife habitat. The Sierra Club also said a freight rail line parallel to the proposed route could reduce vehicle miles traveled and redirect public investments toward passenger and commuter rail. Similar ideas have been studied and rejected a few times in the past.

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