For 2015 contest, entrants will receive a “Worst Road” bumper sticker. Grand prize winner will receive $296 prize.
April is the cruelest month, as the weather warms and potholes pop up on local roads and highways like crocuses in the garden. The Maine Better Transportation Association has launched begins its annual rite of spring, the “Worst Road in Maine Contest. The purpose of the contest is to get Maine drivers to consider the impact potholes, ruts and cracking pavement have on their every day life. This year, everyone who completes an entry will receive a bright orange bumper sticker and the winner will receive the $296 grand prize – that is the amount Mainers pay in extra maintenance and repair costs due to bad roads, according to TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation research organization. The contest is currently underway and will continue until May 15, 2015 at midnight.
“According to MaineDOT, we should be spending at least $110 million more every year on repairing our roads and bridges, and every day we delay, our roads get rougher,” said Maine Better Transportation Association President Jim Hanley. “That creates safety issues and costs every driver in the state in increased car repair and maintenance.”
“This contest really is an opportunity for Maine drivers to vent their frustration with rough roads – and to have a little fun,” said Hanley. Last year’s winner, Gabriel Zacchai won for his harrowing account of a trip on Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington.
According to MaineDOT and Federal Highway Administration data, Maine has 989 miles of highway in ‘poor’ or worse condition, 789 bridges rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and 906 miles of highways ranked ‘poor’ or worse for safety.
The 2015 Worst Road in Maine contest ends on May 15m 2015 at midnight EDT. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. To enter, please complete a contest entry form and submit a photo at www.fixitnowmaine.org. News and information about the contest also will be posted at www.facebook.com/FixItNowMaine
. Full contest rules are at www.FixItNowMaine.org