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Gorham turnpike spur proposal depends on veto override

A bill that would allow a turnpike spur from Gorham to I-95 will go before the Senate Thursday. (WGME)

GORHAM (WGME) -- A bill that would allow a turnpike spur from Gorham to I-95 will go before the Senate Thursday.

The bill was vetoed earlier this week by Governor Paul LePage, but the Senate could override that veto.

The house overrode the veto Wednesday with more than 85 percent of the vote.

The Senate's majority vote Thursday will either keep the bill alive or deem it dead.

It’s a bill that’s been talked about for years and consists of a five mile spur to connect the suburb area to the Maine Turnpike.

The proposed corridor would run from Exit 44 or 45 near Maine Mall Road to the rotary on Route 114 in South Gorham.

It would consist of tolls, which Governor LePage is against.

The Maine Turnpike Authority would borrow between $100 and $150 million for construction and then pay it back using toll money.

A 2012 study done by the Maine Turnpike Authority said the spur would be a solution to the heavy traffic in Gorham, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook.

Some residents say it typically takes them an hour to get from Gorham to Portland and the connector would turn that commute into minutes.

Some are against the bill because they don’t want the road in their town.

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