Water damage closes Pushaw Road

Posted March 24, 2010, at 1:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Heavy rains and rising waters forced the state to close a section of the Pushaw Road in Bangor on Wednesday, as the waters of Great Brook eroded the downstream side of a 5-foot-wide stone culvert.

Because of the closure, traffic has been diverted off the Pushaw Road onto a detour that uses Church Road, Essex Street and Orono Road.

Commercial trucks, however, must use Routes 15 and 221 for a detour.

State Transportation Department spokesman Mark Latti said Wednesday that the affected section of Pushaw Road likely will not reopen for one to two weeks.

That’s because Maine DOT bridge maintenance engineers who visited the site Wednesday determined that it would be more cost-effective to replace the culvert than to repair the aging, eroding one, Latti said.

“It looks like we’ll have to excavate to remove the old one and have to install a new one,” Latti said.

“If we have one that’s available in one of our [locations] we can do it a lot quicker than if we have to order one,” he said.

“The other factor is the weather. If it stays wet it might be a while before we can start excavating,” he said.