Portion of Route 172 to be paved this spring

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Transportation will pave a portion of Route 172 (Surry Road) beginning in mid-May.

The work involves placing a hot overlay of asphalt over a 2.9-mile stretch near the Ellsworth and Surry town line. The project is expected to be completed near the end of July and has an estimated cost of $701,000.

The work is expected to occur Mondays through Saturdays during the daytime hours. A traffic study is being done to determine if night work is needed. The route will be opened to alternating, one-lane traffic.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.