Route 3 Meeting Raises Hopes

BAR HARBOR — A recent meeting between state and local officials to discuss the possible $10 million reconstruction of Route 3 seems to have created upward momentum for the project.


On Dec. 22, members of the Route 3 task force, including town councilor Paul Paradis, group chairman Matt Horton and public works director Chip Reeves, traveled to Augusta for a meeting with Maine Department of Transportation officials (MDOT). They were joined by state Sen. Dennis Damon, a Hancock County Democrat, and representative Elsie Flemings, a Bar Harbor Democrat.

The meeting was set up to discuss possible strategies for reconstructing 4.7 miles of Route 3, a state highway, from Ireson Hill to West Street downtown. While nothing is scheduled yet, it now seems the project could occur within the next several years, pending a successful attempt by town officials to gain federal earmark funding.

“It was a good meeting, very positive and upbeat,” Mr. Horton said. “I think now there is a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.”

For more details, see the Mount Desert Islander, on newsstands Wednesday afternoons.


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