June 17, 2018
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Funding given for sidewalk improvements

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The city has received more than a half-million dollars from the Maine Department of Transportation to reconstruct sidewalks in three key areas of the city.

The City Council’s finance committee on Monday approved appropriations of $535,000 in state grants, which will require an additional $49,200 in funding from the city.

More than half of the total state funding — $315,000 — will go toward improvements to sidewalks surrounding the Downeast School. That funding, which will rebuild sidewalks on Dirigo Drive, Moosehead Boulevard, Fort Knox Avenue, Blue Hill East and West, Bald Mountain Drive and Downeast Circle, is part of the DOT’s Safe Routes to School Funding. The sidewalks will drastically improve the walking route for many elementary school students in that area.

Approximately $194,000 will be spent on constructing a new sidewalk on Odlin Road that will extend from Perry Road to the Ground Round Restaurant and will include a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Interstate 395.

The remaining $82,000 will construct a new sidewalk on the western side of Union Street from Eddy Way to Vermont Avenue.

Councilor Rick Bronson, chair of the finance committee, said sidewalk repairs are always needed and the selected areas seemed appropriate in the interest of improving pedestrian safety. Bangor periodically repairs sidewalks within the city but typically takes advantage of DOT grant programs whenever possible, according to finance director Debbie Cyr. The city also has a sidewalk improvement reserve fund to help subsidize projects that require matching funds.

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