Route 1 Midcoast Makeover Under Way
Road work ahead —
Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:48 AM
Road construction is starting up again in Thomaston, with other Route 1 work planned for Camden and Searsport.
Thomaston Route 1 Reconstruction
The two-year, $8.4 million Route 1 reconstruction project in Thomaston kicked into high gear again on April 10, with one lane of traffic in operation from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays. The project area runs from Route 131 at Montpelier on the north almost to the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries to the south.
From early June to early September, two-way traffic will be the norm. Road work will stop on major holiday weekends.
The project is scheduled to be complete by November. When finished, Thomaston’s Main Street will have new sidewalks, sidewalk bump-outs to increase pedestrian safety, and a new parking arrangement on Main Street, according to the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT).
Camden Route 1 Reconstruction
The planning and design for rebuilding Route 1 from the vicinity of Camden Hills State Park to the Lincolnville town line is moving forward, with road work planned for 2018.
Part of the project includes changing the steep slope of Spring Brook Hill just north of the state park and improving under-roadway drainage and ditching.
Maine DOT is trying to balance safety and water drainage issues off nearby hills with local concerns over tree removal, the width of the travel corridor, and scenic impacts. Maine DOT will hold a public planning and design meeting in late May. The date has not been scheduled.
Searsport Route 1 Reconstruction
After more than a decade of planning, a $5 million reconstruction of Route 1 in Searsport, from Savage Road north 1.85 miles to Station Avenue, is planned for 2018.
Maine DOT’s design team will meet with Searsport officials on Monday, May 1. The town asked for some changes in the design of the project, including sidewalks and features that will add to the attractiveness of Searsport, increase pedestrian safety and keep traffic moving, according to Searsport Town Manager James Gillway.
“I really want this done before the town’s 175th anniversary in 2020,” said Gillway.
A public meeting is planned for late May.