MDOT Orders Observatory Sign Removed in Bucksport

BUCKSPORT — A prominent sign directing travelers to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory will have to be relocated because it violated state law.

Friends of Fort Knox Executive Director Leon Seymour said he was contacted Monday by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) about a sign in Bucksport at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 15.

The sign, according to the MDOT, was in violation of the state’s law regarding on-premises signs. That law states, in part, that such signs must be “within 1,000 feet of the point of interest.”

The distance from the sign to the observatory, located on the Prospect end of the cable-stay bridge, is more than a mile.

Seymour said the Friends group will work with the state to find a new home for the sign.

The Friends group has had signs such as this up during the summer season for a couple of years.

The sign at the intersection in Bucksport is a large white rectangle attached to pieces of rebar that reads, “Take The Elevator Ride 400’ Up To The Bridge Observatory,” highlights the fact it is open every day and features a close-up aerial view of the glassed-in observatory.

Seymour said in addition to advertising the attraction, another purpose of the sign has been to try to educate visitors about what exactly the observatory is.

“When they see the word ‘observatory,’ most people think telescopes,” Seymour said.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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