"Routes 131 and 137 are much better, but Route 141 is still pretty rough going," said Kelley.
"The truth is bad roads cause a great deal of pain whether it is physical, financial, greater safety risks, lost mobility or business opportunity," said MBTA Executive Director Maria Fuentes. "Bad roads have a profound effect on our daily lives."
Maine's deteriorating roads are so bad that The Road Information Program placed the state's rural roads as the 14th worst in the nation and its rural bridges as the 12th worst. Mace says the cause of problem is funding.
"We are limiting the MaineDOT's ability to make important safety improvements by decreasing funding while costs are going up," Mace said. "And the federal government is certainly not stepping up."
Donna Melanson received second place in this year's Worst Road in Maine contest with her submission of West Street in Princeton while third place was awarded to Laura Hall for her entry of Route 105 from Windsor/Somerville to Washington.
“We really need to be reconstructing these roads to modern standards with better drainage and improved safety," Mace said. "Otherwise they will just be back on everyone's 'Worst Roads' list in just a few years' time."