AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee sees highway and bridge funding problems down the road, but no immediate action’s likely before next year’s session.

Committee members meeting Tuesday talked about raising the gas tax and license fees, and taking money from the bridge fund to come up with millions of dollars needed to pave rural roads. But with no special session expected for the rest of the year, no further action is likely before 2010.

Committee members have been asked to find ways to fund maintenance that’s scheduled on 600 miles of mostly rural roads each year at a cost of roughly $25 million. The committee co-chair, Democratic Sen. Dennis Damon of Trenton, says no money’s available for next year’s work.

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