ELLSWORTH — A stretch of Route 1A north of downtown will be rebuilt in 2015. The project is slated to include the reconfiguration of two major intersections – at Sunrise Glass and at Ellsworth High School (EHS).
The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun preliminary engineering work on the project, which will stretch from the Union River bridge – where the road is labeled Bangor Road – to a point on State Street near the Mill Mall.
One part of the project calls for a significant overhaul of the intersection of Route 1A and Route 179 at Sunrise Glass. Plans call for rerouting Route 179 behind – north of – Sunrise Glass and aligning the new section in such a way as to create a four-way intersection with Shore Road on the opposite side of Route 1A.
That other major intersection involves Forrest Avenue and the entrance to EHS. Presently there is a traffic light at the EHS entrance and a stop sign where Forrest Avenue connects with State Street.
As part of the project, the entrance to the school will be moved south a short distance to create a four-way intersection with Forrest Ave.
The traffic light at the current EHS entrance will be moved to the new four-way intersection with Forrest Avenue.
Another public hearing will be held when plans are further along.