LINCOLN, Maine — About 30 state and Lane Construction Corp. workers began the biggest part of a $1.4 million reconstruction of West Broadway this week and plan to finish by Oct. 2, officials said Wednesday.
The workers started digging into the road’s foundation overnight on Monday. As of Wednesday they had milled and filled about 1,100 feet of the road by McDonald’s and Hannaford Supermarket, one of the West Broadway’s busiest stretches.
“So far everything is going great, actually. I haven’t heard any complaints,” Dennis Lovely, project manager for DOT’s Region IV, said Wednesday. “The weather has been cooperating, the work is on schedule, no problems have been discovered.”
The crews are repairing, repaving and installing new drainage on West Broadway, which is also known as U.S. Route 2 and Route 6. The job runs from Penobscot Valley Avenue to Fleming Street. Within that 1½-mile stretch are many of the town’s retail outlets, Northern Penobscot Tech Region III high school, railroad tracks and some motels and houses.
The work should stop chronic flooding, icing, sinkholes and heaves caused by poor drainage.
One of Lincoln’s busiest areas, West Broadway is heavily used by regular traffic. Delivery trucks service stores along West Broadway; logging trucks use it to get to the Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC plant on Katahdin Avenue, which is just west of Fleming Street; and school buses take children to town schools.
The road is restricted to alternating one-way traffic from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday to Saturday, said Bill Brown, DOT’s resident project engineer.
Motorists should seek alternate routes, such as over Penobscot Valley Avenue and High and Main streets to avoid the inevitable lines of traffic. Lovely also advises drivers to be patient.
“If they see something they don’t think is right, they should please call. If they bring things to our attention, we will try to correct them,” he said.
The Maine Department of Transportation Bangor office number is 941-4500.
As part of the work on West Broadway near Park Street — the site of the most flooding — the crews will adjust gravel heights so the road drains better, install drainage pipes and replace the railroad tracks with rubber membranes, also to aid water drainage.
Crews have also milled, installed center drainage and partially repaved Route 2 from Evergreen Drive to a spot a half-mile past Frost Street as part of the project, Brown said. They are beginning to rebuild the shoulders of the road as well.
Correction: An earlier version of this article had two unrelated photos.