Two communities will be seeing construction on some of its main roads in the coming days. The Maine Department of Transportation tells us traffic delays won’t be too bad, and the projects should be completed by mid September.
The Washburn road will be under construction beginning this week from the Reach Road intersection in Presque Isle all the way through downtown Main St. in Washburn.
That’s about 10 miles of road which MDOT project resident Ryan Sullivan says is basically a paving project.
Sullivan, “It involves 3 quarter inch overlay, it’s basically filling in the low spots.”
And during construction, the road will be reduced to one lane during daylight hours in the work zone areas. So how about traffic delays?
Sullivan, “Wait times will be minimized to longer than 5 minutes at flagger stations, and our goal would be to provide continuous traffic flow.”
Completion date for the Washburn project is September 13. In Limestone, a similar project will begin in the first week of August.
Sullivan, “That begins at the Bog Rd on Maine St. and extends one mile to the intersection of 1A and Route 89.”
Same story here, work zone areas will be restricted to one lane. Sullivan says detours will not be necessary but to allow extra travel time when you head out.
Sullivan, “That is complete mill and fill, we remove an inch and half of the pavement off the top and place an inch and half back from curb to curb.”
The Limestone project is about a 1 mile stretch of road and is expected to be completed by September 13 as well. Both projects combined will total just about 2 million dollars.