Just what will $150 million of bonds pay for?

There’s never enough space in news stories to get into the nitty-gritty details of large government spending plans. But thanks to the magic of the Internet, I can share with you guys the full list of projects considered in the bond package approved by lawmakers on Thursday.

I want to be clear that this is by no means a super-detailed account of each project listed, but it’s a bit more specific than we’ve been able to be in the newspaper. This comes from a spreadsheet circulated to legislators on the Appropriations Committee when that panel considered the bonds last week.

I’ll break it down according to the questions voters will see on the ballot.

Transportation Bond ($100 million):

  • $44 million to construct, reconstruct or rehabilitate high-priority highways.
  • $27 million for bridge reconstruction.
  • $9 million for construction, reconstruction and improvements to infrastructure at Portland’s International Marine Terminal.
  • $5 million for municipal partnerships (that’s money for highways and bridges that must be matched by local spending).
  • $4 million for dredging in Portland Harbor, to expand shipping capacity, plus upgrades to the Portland Fish Exchange.
  • $4 million for passenger transit and rail projects.
  • $3 million for infrastructure investments at ports other than Portland.
  • $1.5 million for industrial rail projects.
  • $1.5 million for aviation projects (think runways).
  • $1 million for small harbor/waterfront improvements in coastal communities.

University of Maine System ($15.5 million)

  • $5.5 million for the renovation of 10,000 square feet of outdated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) facilities at the University of Maine.
  • $4 million for laboratory renovation at the University of Southern Maine.
  • $1.2 million for science and nursing lab upgrades at Augusta and Bangor locations of the University of Maine at Augusta.
  • $1.2 million for renovation of science facilities in Preble and Ricker halls at the University of Maine at Farmington.
  • $1.2 million for an expansion of the nursing lab and forestry GIS technology at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
  • $1.2 million for “structural renewal” and other improvements at Powers Hall and lab upgrades in science buildings at the University of Maine at Machias.
  • $1.2 million to upgrade space, equipment, furnishings, microscopes, and fume hoots for science classrooms and other STEM facilities at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Maine Community College System ($15.5 million)

  • $3.4 million to build a new 17,000 square foot building to house classrooms, computer labs and associated offices at York County Community College.
  • $3.4 million for renovations of buildings at the Brunswick campus of Southern Maine Community College.
  • $2.45 million for a new 18,000 square foot addition to Maine Hall at Eastern Maine Community College.
  • $2.35 million for a new building with science labs, general purpose classrooms, smart classrooms and offices at Central Maine Community College.
  • $2 million for renovation of existing lab space, expanded classroom space and renovation at Hinckley campus of Kennebec Valley Community College.
  • $1 million for renovation of Howland Hall and energy efficiency at Washington County Community College.
  • $900,000 for renovations of Aroostook Hall at Northern Maine Community College.

Maine Maritime Academy

  • $4.5 million for public contribution to new science facility, which will also be funded by private dollars.

Maine Army National Guard Armories

  • $14 million for general maintenance of all state armories.
Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House. Mario left the BDN in 2015.