Rawson Avenue bridge to be permanently closed

By Susan Mustapich | Apr 12, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich The Maine Department of Transportation has announced closure of the Rawson Avenue bridge April 17 because of structural deficiency.

CAMDEN — The Maine Department of Transportation has announced it will permanently close the Rawson Avenue bridge April 17, because of its structural deficiency.

Jaime Andrews, MDOT Region Manager for the Midcoast, said April 12 that the concrete structure that supports the bridge showed continued spalling, which causes loss of concrete, since the bridge was posted with a limit of 5 tons in September 2017.

"It's structurally deficient," Andrews said. He confirmed that MDOT "has no plans to replace this bridge."

Barricades will be placed on either side of the bridge to prevent vehicles from driving on it, Andrews said. The 5-ton limit signs currently in place will be replaced with bridge closure signs.

Rawson Avenue, between the Ames Terrace intersection and Washington Street, will no longer be a through street, but will have to be entered from the connecting streets on either side.

Andrews said the bridge was inspected again in 2018 and the inspector's report and photographs went on the docket to be reviewed for closure.

"DOT doesn't take closing bridges lightly," he said. "They take a look at everything. It's a pretty thorough process."

Andrews said most of the time, the closure review results in a bridge's being posted rather than closed.

When the bridge was first posted in Sept. 2017, Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell said DOT estimated the bridge had another two years of operation, and had recommended dead-ending Rawson Avenue from both sides to discontinue vehicle traffic over the bridge.

The bridge has been posted with a limit of 5 tons since that time.

In 2017, town officials were considering options for replacing the bridge with a less costly structure, such as a box culvert, and surveying residents who live on the avenue to gauge their opinions. Any decision to replace the bridge would be determined by a town vote.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Apr 14, 2019 12:06

Actually Dale, while personal income tax revenues did increase in FY2018, overall tax revenues were down compared to the previous three years.Corporate income tax revenue was down $100B from the previous year.



Posted by: Donald Herrick | Apr 13, 2019 19:04

google the national debt clock this isn't fiction

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Apr 13, 2019 14:31

Getting your figures from Fox Fantasy News again, Dale?  Or have you decided to go the "trump" route and just write anything you want to be true.  Of course you would blame the old and the sick for trump's outrageous increase in the deficit while ignoring the growing inequality in our so-called "free" society.  Conservatives, especially Republican politicians, always faun sloberingly over the well-to-do.  But all the news is not as you and trump would have us to believe.

"Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell says that the the “growth of economic activity has slowed.” The usually optimistic International Monetary Fund projects US economic growth will drop to 1.8 percent in 2020—despite trillion-dollar annual deficits and the Fed putting off any more interest rate hikes for the rest of the year. If Powell and the projections are right, the long recovery that began after the Obama administration saved an economy that was in free fall is nearing its end.


"...  the average weekly pay has grown less than 1 percent per year for the decade. Low-wage workers’ hourly pay in 2017 barely surpassed what they earned in 1979, while that of high-wage workers has increased nearly 50 percent. Inequality is at extremes not seen since 1928. Workers are still not capturing a fair share of the increased productivity that they help to create.

And while incomes have stagnated, key costs have soared. Health care remains remarkably expensive; millions go without insurance or are underinsured. Gallup reports that since Trump took office, the number of Americans without health insurance has increased by a stunning 7 million."

"...  that tariffs imposed last year by Trump on products ranging from washing machines and steel to some $250 billion in Chinese imports were costing U.S. companies and consumers $3 billion a month in additional tax costs and companies a further $1.4 billion in deadweight losses. They also were causing the diversion of $165 billion a year in trade leading to...   annual losses from the higher cost of imports alone for the U.S. economy at $68.8 billion."

"...  any manufacturing jobs added by the Trump tariffs are probably offset by losses of other manufacturing jobs. Beyond that, the tariffs have probably contributed to a rising dollar, which makes U.S. exports less competitive.'

Meanwhile, Wall Street appears to be sick of the White House’s frequent pronouncements that a deal is just around the corner, which have so far proven empty. “After a while it feels like the boy who cried wolf,” R.J. Grant, director of equity trading at KBW Inc., told The Wall Street Journal.

"Layoffs hit their highest level for a first quarter in 10 years as 2019's job market got off to a shaky start, according to a report Thursday from outplacement firm Challenger, Gary & Christmas.

Total announced cuts hit 190,410, a 10.3 percent increase from the fourth quarter and 35.6 percent jump from the same period a year ago

"Companies appear to be streamlining and updating their processes... The news comes amid conflicting signs for employment."

"At the end of last month, the amount of money the government refunded was $6 billion below this time last year, according to IRS figures...  while the average refund, at $2,873, is only $20 less than it was last year, about 1.6 million fewer people are getting refunds, the IRS said.

That shrinking pot of money is showing up in surprising ways, including through lower retail sales. Many families use refunds as a forced saving mechanism, as their IRS refund is often largest single check they receive all year. In the weeks after receiving a refund, families tend to splurge on large purchases such as furniture or appliances; credit-card payments and travel, a JPMorgan Chase study found."

"Our $16T national debt is now bigger than our $15T GDP.  If Obama is re-elected watch for an economic meltdown in 2013." -Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump 9/12/12

The national debt is now $22Tin 2019 under trump, the highest it's ever been.

But that hasn't hurt the only people Republicans care about

"The 400 richest Americans — the top 0.00025 percent of the population — have tripled their share of the nation’s wealth since the early 1980s, according to a new working paper on wealth inequality by University of California at Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman," the WashPost's Christopher Ingraham reports."

Posted by: Dale E. Landrith Sr. | Apr 13, 2019 11:33

Ron, there you go again.  Check out the tax revenue since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect and you will see that tax revenue has sky rocketed.  The real culprit is the huge increase over the past decades in the cost of entitlements and social programs.  They now take a huge percentage of the federal budget.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Apr 12, 2019 16:13

" According to a new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. are in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs. The organization, which analyzes data from the Federal Highway Administration and releases an annual report on bridges, estimates it will take more than 80 years to fix all of the nation's deficient bridges."


Why, you ask?  Well, in other news.


"At least 60 companies reported that their 2018 federal tax rates amounted to effectively zero, or even less than zero, on income earned on U.S. operations, according to an analysis released today by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. The number is more than twice as many as ITEP found roughly, per year, on average in an earlier, multi-year analysis before the new tax law went into effect.

Among them are household names like technology giant Amazon.com Inc. and entertainment streaming service Netflix Inc., in addition to global oil giant Chevron Corp., pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co., and farming and commercial equipment manufacturer Deere & Co.

The identified companies were "able to zero out their federal income taxes on $79 billion in U.S. pretax income," according to the ITEP report, which was released today. "Instead of paying $16.4 billion in taxes, as the new 21 percent corporate tax rate requires, these companies enjoyed a net corporate tax rebate of $4.3 billion, blowing a $20.7 billion hole in the federal budget last year." To compile the list, ITEP analyzed the 2018 financial filings of the country's largest 560 publicly-held companies.

The controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Donald Trump in December 2017, lowered the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, among other cuts. That's partly to blame for giving corporations an easier way out of paying taxes, said Matthew Gardner, an ITEP senior fellow and lead author of the report. The new corporate tax rate "lowers the bar for the amount of tax avoidance it takes to get you down to zero," he said."

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