ELLSWORTH — The new section of Route 180, under construction since last year, officially opened to motorists Monday morning.
The new 1.5-mile section of road stretches from Bridgetwin Road on the northern end to Industrial Road in the south. There, it joins with Vittum Road and connects with Route 1A.
Multiple signs announced the change to motorists, including a large, lit display sign on Bangor Road near Friends & Family Market with a bit of highway haiku — “RTE 180 / MOVED TO / VITTUM,” followed by a second stanza, “TAKE / RT 1A / 1 MILE.”
Route 180 has been relocated to bypass the bridge that spans the Graham Lake Dam.
Both sections of Route 180, the new and the old, will remain open to traffic until Monday, Aug. 12. After that date, according to MDOT, the old section of Route 180 will be closed.