Five Summer Road Projects Likely to Cause Traffic Headaches

ELLSWORTH — Those planning to drive anywhere in the Ellsworth area this summer should pack a lunch and a board game.

The Maine Department of Transportation will have no less than five road projects under construction this summer.

“Too much work for one area, but the money’s there so we’ve got to spend it,” said Ernie Martin, DOT project manager.

Martin delivered the news to over 40 Red Bridge Road residents at a meeting to discuss the state’s intention to use Red Bridge Road as a bypass when it shuts down part of Route 1A for two weekends during construction. The reconstruction will start in mid-July.

Meanwhile, the state will also start reconstructing a second portion of Route 1A — MacGowan’s Hill — in July.

Before the Route 1A projects start, the DOT will begin making improvements to the Bridge Hill intersection of routes 1 and 172. This should start in June.

Continuing south, the DOT will be repaving four miles of Route 3 in Trenton. This is expected to start in July.

The DOT is also making improvements to the intersection at the head of the island to improve traffic flow.

The Acadia Gateway Center, a transportation facility and welcome center, will be built approximately two miles north of the Bar Harbor Airport on Route 3 in Trenton. This is a joint project between the DOT and Acadia National Park.

The state is paying for the Route 1A reconstruction from Red Bridge Road to the Union River Bridge with funds from the $50-million Transcap bond. The other Route 1A project is funded as part of the federal stimulus package.

The state will erect signs on Interstate 295 advising motorists to take Route 1 through Bucksport, Martin said.

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