Portland, MAINE — Governor Janet Mills today toured two ongoing construction projects in Portland that will improve the City’s wastewater infrastructure and the environmental health of Back Cove and Casco Bay.
During her visit to Back Cove West Storage Conduit and the Back Cove South Storage Facility, Governor Mills highlighted the importance of careers in the construction industry and investments in infrastructure for Maine people, noting a $25 million investment in water infrastructure upgrades and improvements through the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan.
Among other infrastructure investments, the biennial budget signed into law by Governor Mills dedicates another $50 million to the Maine Department of Transportation for capital projects being constructed this year and stipulates that MaineDOT will also receive 20 percent of unappropriated surplus. In total, this will amount to $55.9 million this year – an unprecedented General Fund investment to improve Maine’s transportation infrastructure.
“Improving our infrastructure will create good-paying construction jobs, improve quality of life for Maine people, better protect our environment, and strengthen our economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Mills. “I was pleased to tour these projects because construction companies like Sargent put Maine people to work at good wages that support a good life here in Maine – and the result of their work is better infrastructure for our people. That’s a win-win.”
“Over nearly a century, Sargent has enjoyed the opportunity to work the breadth of Mane — literally from Kittery to Fort Kent, Bethel-Gilead to Eastport. Our workforce has built Maine,” said Sargent CEO Herb Sargent. “Continuing to invest in our workforce is important to the sustainability of our company and to the construction industry as a community. Society’s physical needs have evolved and will continue to evolve over time; the demands on a skilled workforce will not diminish over time.”
“Maine’s construction workforce adapted quickly to the unusual and unexpected economic and health conditions over the last two years,” said Matt Marks, Executive Director Associated General Contractors of Maine. “This project demonstrates Maine’s continued investment in the infrastructure that cleans our water and provides safe travel from point A to point Z, moves along as expected despite those challenges – all with direct and indirect economic benefits.”
Back Cove West Storage Conduit (BCW) and Back Cove South Storage Facility (BCSSF) will collect the first inch of stormwater in the watershed area and hold it for later treatment at the wastewater treatment plant, reducing costs for the City of Portland and leading to a cleaner Back Cove and Casco Bay.
The Governor is a strong supporter of Maine’s construction industry. Throughout the pandemic, while other states closed the construction industry, Governor Mills kept it open. Her…