ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Transportation emphasized safety at its last public hearing on two proposed projects to reconstruct Route 1A.
The hearing was held on April 2 at Ellsworth City Hall.
The first project will start at Rabbit Ridge Road and continue south about one-tenth of a mile shy of Red Bridge Road. That project is being funded by the federal stimulus program, said DOT project manager Ernie Martin.
The second project to be reconstructed will start where the first project ends and continues south to the Union River Bridge. This project will be funded through a $50-million state Transcap bond.
The projects will start during July and August.
Between the two projects, over seven miles of Route 1A will be rebuilt over the next two years. The road will have 12-foot travel lanes and 8-foot paved shoulders.
Resident Bill Leslie asked whether there would be more police patrols on Route 1A.
Luther Yonce, the DOT’s senior property officer, said he has talked with Ellsworth Police Chief John DeLeo and Maine State Police Lt. Chris Coleman.
Martin said traffic on Red Bridge Road, which many use as a bypass when there are traffic slowdowns on Route 1A, would be strictly enforced during the project.
The DOT said 85 property owners would be affected by the project. After the hearing, DOT officials met individually with some of the 40 residents who attended the meeting to discuss concerns about their individual properties.
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