Pushaw Road reopens today

Posted April 08, 2010, at 10:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A little more than two weeks after it was closed for repairs, a section of Pushaw Road is scheduled to reopen to traffic today.

“It’ll be open in time for the evening commute, just in time for the weekend,” state Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Latti said Thursday.

This spring’s heavy rains and rising waters forced the state to close a section of Pushaw Road in Bangor on March 24, after the waters of Great Brook eroded the downstream side of a 5-foot-wide stone culvert.

The old stone structure has been replaced by two metal ones, Latti said. He said the only work remaining was to repave a small section of the road that needed to be dug up to replace the culverts. That will be done later this spring, once local asphalt plants reopen.

While the road was closed, traffic temporarily was diverted off Pushaw Road onto a detour that used Church Road, Essex Street and Orono Road. Commercial trucks used Routes 15 and 221 for a detour.

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