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MaineDOT and MTA Mourn the Loss at CPM Constructors

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October 07, 2022
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)

MaineDOT and MTA Mourn the Loss at CPM Constructors

Statements by DOT Commissioner Van Note and Executive Director Mills

AUGUSTA AND PORTLAND, Maine- Following Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Arundel that took the lives of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell of CPM Constructors, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority issued the following statements.

Statement by Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation:
"Maine Department of Transportation team members are shocked and saddened today as we mourn the sudden loss of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell. These two men were outstanding individuals and true partners in moving Maine forward. The work they did and the company they built will benefit people who live, work, and travel in Maine for decades to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and colleagues today. We will all miss them."

CPM Constructors has done dozens of projects for MaineDOT in recent years. Those projects include:

  • Replacing two I-295 bridges over Route 1 near Exit 17 in Yarmouth (ongoing)
  • Rehabilitating five railroad bridges in the Northern Maine Railway line (ongoing)
  • Replacing the Beals Island Bridge in Jonesport
  • Replacing the Lambert Road and Lunt Road bridges in Falmouth
  • Reconstructing the historic Cribstone Bridge in Harpswell
Statement by Peter Mills, Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority:
"Under the leadership of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell, CPM Constructors has steadily grown, thrived, and taken on ever more challenging work with an expanding young staff. CPM is just finishing the reconstruction of Exit 45, one of the most diversified and difficult construction projects undertaken in Maine this past year. Last Sunday morning, at Paul's invitation, I walked the Exit 45 site with him. He was visibly proud of the new interchange - as he and the CPM staff had every right to be. It is a handsome memorial to these leaders in heavy construction. We will miss them both and so will their many conscientious employees and staff who have worked so closely with us and with other public agencies on successful projects."

Recent projects by CPM Constructors for the Maine Turnpike Authority include:
  • Reconstructing Exit 45 (ongoing)
  • Repairing bridges for Ramp J & Wilson Road in Kittery and Littlefield Road in Wells (ongoing)
  • Rebuilding, widening, and lengthening the Cummings Road overpass just south of Exit 45
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction replacement of Winthrop Street Bridge in Hallowell
  • Reconstruction of the interchange at Exit 80 in Lewiston
Both MaineDOT and the Maine Turnpike Authority have been in touch with CPM Constructors today. The company is in mourning but has every intention of continuing operations. It's what Eldon and Paul would have wanted.