Sidewalk proposed for Clark Bridge

TREMONT — Safe passage for Tremont Consolidated School students and other pedestrians using the Clark Bridge might be accomplished through an agreement between the town and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Selectmen on Monday agreed to continue working with the MDOT on the department’s proposal to pay for construction of a pedestrian walkway across the bridge if the town constructs a raised sidewalk from the bridge south to the intersection of the Tremont Road and the Flat Iron Road.

Selectmen have long been concerned about pedestrian traffic on the narrow bridge, which has no sidewalk. They were dismayed to learn earlier this year that the MDOT wanted the town to pay for a walkway when a new bridge was built. The major concern was the cost, estimated to be $1,300 per linear foot.

In contrast, a sidewalk along the road is estimated to cost between $100 and $125 per linear foot. The 700 feet or so of sidewalk required on the town’s part would cost between $70,000 and $87,500.

If Tremont enters into an agreement with the MDOT, the town would have three years in which to construct the sidewalk.

A date for construction of the new bridge has not been set. Replacement is in the MDOT’s biennial transportation plan.

Voters should make the final decision on whether the town should build the sidewalk, Mr. Billings said.

“My thought is to take it to town meeting,” Mr. Billings told selectmen.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander