Rte. 3 rebuild a go for 2015

BAR HARBOR — The rebuilding of Route 3 from Hulls Cove to downtown is on track to begin in the summer of 2015.

The $14-million, 4.3-mile project is included in Maine Department of Transportation work plans and has been approved by state lawmakers, MDOT project director Paul McDonald said Tuesday.

Pending successful environmental and historical review permitting, full design plans are expected by the fall of 2014, with construction going out to bid in early 2015, Mr. McDonald said.

Plans call for 4- to 5-foot paved shoulders along the length of the road. An 8-foot-wide, multi-use path is planned for the north side of Route 3 from Sonogee nursing home to downtown.

The design for the rebuilt road, including the wide shoulders and multi-use path, was conceived by residents working as part of a MDOT context sensitive solutions (CSS) process over the past several years. Bar Harbor was one of the first towns in the state to move through such a process, which was designed to reverse the MDOT’s typical top-down approach.

The rebuild of Route 3 will cover more than 4 miles of road, from a half-mile west of Sand Point Road to the intersection with Route 233 (the Eagle Lake Road) downtown. The portion of Route 3 from the head of the island to Sand Point Road was rebuilt over a decade ago.

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