News Feature

State of Maine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 11, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, April 11, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, April 11, 2019
Entries sought for worst road in Maine
Contest purse aims to cover repair costs

Southern Bay Road

In Penobscot, stretches of Southern Bay Road are filled with potholes and broken asphalt.

Photo by Anne Berleant Order prints of selected PBP photos.

by Faith DeAmbrose

Do you think you know the worst stretch of road in all of Maine? If so, there is a contest (and a cash prize) for that.

Tell the Maine Better Transportation Association about it, and if your entry is chosen, a cash prize of $529 awaits. If that amount sounds strange, it’s not. It is the estimated cost of winter road damage to a vehicle, according to contest sponsor MBTA which has been advocating for Maine’s roadways since 1939.

The contest began April 1 and continues until May 1 at midnight.

Each entry must consist of at least one photograph along with a description of the entrant’s experience on that road. To enter, visit to complete an entry form. Entries may also be submitted by email to