Special vote eyed on road work shutdown

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — All but one of the 50 people at a selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night favor paying $275,000 extra to suspend work on the Main Street reconstruction project in July and August.

The board will hold a special meeting next Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. at the fire station to decide whether to schedule a special town meeting for residents to vote on approving the extra money for a summer construction shutdown.

The current construction contract with R.F. Jordan & Sons already prohibits work between Wesley Avenue and Herrick Road during July, August and September. But work could continue between Herrick Road and Seal Cove Road. And that, many people worry, would have a devastating effect on downtown businesses.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]