Clock ticking on Southwest Harbor road rehab

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It’s going to be close, but it appears that work crews will finish everything they’re supposed to get done on the Main Street reconstruction project prior to the two-month shutdown beginning July 1, according to the engineer overseeing the project.

“It’s a tight schedule; there’s not a lot of room for error,” project engineer Annaleis Hafford of Olver Associates told the board of selectmen Tuesday night.

R.F. Jordan & Sons, the general contractor, now has crews working on Saturdays to try to meet the deadline. Hafford said she has asked about scheduling work on Sundays, too.

“At this point, they don’t want to do that,” she said. “They feel the crews’ productivity would diminish quite a bit. They feel fairly confident they can get it done on time.”

But Hafford said the contractor hasn’t ruled out working on Sundays “if they slip behind.”

Southwest Harbor residents voted at a special town meeting in March to suspend all work on the Main Street project for July and August to avoid having the road torn up during the height of tourist season.

The $3.4-million project involves rebuilding the roadway between Seal Cove Road and Wesley Avenue, a distance of about 4,000 feet; replacing water and sewer lines beneath the street; and constructing a new sidewalk on the east side of the street between Charlotte Rhoades Park and Pemetic Elementary School.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]