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This information is for our neighbors and other affected property owners in the vicinity of our improvement projects. Here you will find an overview of our policies regarding acquisition of rights to construct our projects. It is the mission of the Turnpike to provide the highest quality of construction, at a reasonable cost, with the least impact to adjacent properties and our patrons.
The Maine Turnpike Authority's (MTA) priorities in acquisition of property are to respect all landowners whom which we deal with, to follow all applicable laws and regulations, and to acquire property through a negotiated purchase, rather than the use of the power of eminent domain.
Respect for Property Owners
The MTA will strive to ensure that Landowners are fully informed of the acquisition process and their rights in that process, and that they are satisfied with the responsiveness of MTA personnel in their communications. This will be done by the following means:
The Maine Turnpike Authority regularly receives requests for land that appears to be excess property. Please refer to the MTA Excess Property Disposition Policy for Maine Turnpike Authority’s position on the disposition of rights in Real Property deemed excess by the Maine Turnpike Authority and the procedure for its disposal. Disposition of real property shall be undertaken in conformance with the legislative findings of Title 23, part 1 State Highway Law, chapter 24 Maine Turnpike, and chapter 3, subchapter 1, subsection 73 Transportation Policy.
Application for Interest in Authority Property
The MTA uses the established MTA Noise Policy guidelines to determine the need, feasibility, and reasonableness of noise abatement or reduction measures along existing highways or proposed highway construction projects. This policy is based on established principles, practices, and procedures used by federal and state transportation agencies to assess highway-related noise levels.
MTA will review this policy every three years and adopt appropriate revisions when necessary. The MTA will also consider revisions to this policy whenever federal or state statutory, regulatory or policy changes make such a review appropriate.