PORTLAND (AP) – The Maine Turnpike widening is scheduled to be completed next year, but turnpike officials say they still have plenty of other projects in mind for the coming decade.

Items included on a list of Maine Turnpike Authority priorities include a new York toll plaza, replacement of restaurants at the Kennebunk service plazas, and construction of a truck stop in Gardiner.

Those projects, along with conversion to a new electronic toll system, renumbering of exits, and completing the 30-mile widening from York to Scarborough, were listed in a draft 10-year plan released by the authority this week.

The plan estimates that turnpike traffic will increase an average of 3 percent a year for the next decade. The report, which will become part of a larger, 20-year plan issued by the state Department of Transportation, does not spell out how the proposed work would be funded.

The plan is a blueprint for improvements to the 56-year-old, 109-mile toll highway that stretches from Kittery to Augusta.

Once formalized, it will become part of a larger, 20-year plan issued by the Maine Department of Transportation.

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