Greenville board pushes to improve Route 15

Posted March 07, 2010, at 9:52 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:04 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville selectmen got a chuckle this week when the Department of Transportation asked their permission to travel over state roads to do a skinny mix project on the state-owned Lily Bay Road.

Town Manager John Simko said the board received a form letter from a DOT engineer advising selectmen that the state planned to fix a 0.92-mile piece of highway on the top of Blair Hill going north to Beaver Cove. The form letter asked for the board’s signatures to allow a contractor to bring in any equipment, if needed, that might be overweight on local road standards. The comical part, according to Simko, is that Lily Bay Road is a state road, and any contractor coming from anyplace south of Greenville will be traveling entirely over state roads.

Selectmen ultimately voted to allow the DOT to drive over the DOT roads to fix the DOT’s road in Greenville.

Simko said the idea that some work was going to be done in the area was pleasing. “It’s great — every little bit helps,” he said Friday.

In a related matter, selectmen voted to invite Department of Transportation Commissioner David Cole to meet with them in March regarding the condition of Route 15. Town officials have been trying to get the state to reconstruct or repair the only major road to the Moosehead Lake region, which is in deplorable condition.

The push is being made now because there may be another stimulus package that will focus on road and bridge projects, as well as a state jobs bond for transportation projects, according to Simko. There could be the possibility that section of road could be considered under one of those pots of money, he noted.

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