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Road work bids too high for Maine Department of Transportation

Millions of dollars in road work could be "cut" throughout the state because Maine Department of Transportation says bids are coming in higher than expected.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Tens of millions of dollars in road work could be "cut" throughout the state because Maine's Department of Transportation commissioner says bids are coming in higher than expected.

Commissioner Bruce Van Note recently told lawmakers he's already had to reject three projects . One Portland project received bids no lower than 1-point-1 million dollars, more than double the estimated amount.

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The commissioner says one possible cause of the high bids may be the lack of workforce availability. He expects to release a longer list of eliminated highway reconstruction, bridges, and paving projects this coming week.

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