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National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement

In 2011, Maine joined 40 other states in allowing public charter school options for families of all income levels.  On May 1, 2012, the Maine Charter School Commission issued its first application package for potential founders of these new public education options, which are free to parents and open to all children without admissions tests.

          The Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS) will celebrate the great work accomplished by public charter schools across the country, where over 5,000 public chartered schools are serving 1.8 million students.

Road Crack Sealing Work Begins Today

PORTLAND, Maine – Beginning today, April 18th and continuing through the month, crews will conduct day and nighttime crack sealing along major arterials and residential streets throughout Portland. Work on residential streets will be done during the day and major arterials work will take place overnight. Crack sealing utilizes a rubberized petroleum-based material that fills in the separation gaps typically found on pavement. This repair work extends the overall lifespan of the street and is an effective cost-saving measure. If left unchecked, water and debris can infiltrate these cracks and cause a great deal of damage due to frost and settling. While the work is underway, commuters can expect delays.

Interstate 295 Construction Begins Friday with Structural Shoring at Fore River Parkway Bridge

 

Portland, ME. Maine’s mild winter and lack of snow have made it possible for construction work to begin earlier this year on the $7.9 million Interstate 295 highway improvement project. In fact, road crews will take the first step in preparing the work zone at the Congress Street Interchange Friday, March 16, by installing additional structural support to the Fore River Parkway Bridge, also known as the Portland Connector.

The structural shoring work will require that crews establish lane closures, shoulder closures, and even sidewalk closures, and drivers and pedestrians should be on the alert.  Crews will maintain one lane of traffic in both directions and will also keep the sidewalk open.

As the actual bridge rehabilitation work is expected to get underway very quickly, construction crews plan to close both the Park Avenue and Congress Street on-ramps to I-295 northbound on Tuesday, March 27.

METRO Service UPDATE: Presidents’ Day – 2012

 

Greater Portland Transit District, METRO, will operate a Saturday service schedule for all routes on Presidents’ Day —Monday, February 20, 2012. The METRO office, located at 114 Valley Street will be closed.

METRO does not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buses run on a Saturday service schedule on Presidents’ Day, Patriot’s Day and Columbus Day.

METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.4 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland.

Portland Declares Citywide Parking Ban Tonight Beginning at 11:00 PM

A citywide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 11:00 PM tonight, January 20th and ending at 7:00 AM tomorrow morning, January 21st. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from today’s storm.

Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee - $70, impound fee - $35, ticket cost - $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25 storage fee per day).

Traffic Alert - Portland

State Street

Gas main repairs are currently underway on State Street at the intersection with Pine Street.  As a result, State Street traffic will be reduced to one lane for the remainder of the day.  Delays should be expected.  A follow up work day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Jan 21st.

Portland Declares Citywide Parking Ban Tonight

A citywide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 10:00 PM tonight, January 13th and ending at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning, January 14th. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from yesterday's storm.

Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner's expense (tow fee - $70, impound fee - $35, ticket cost - $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25 storage fee per day).