LINCOLN, Maine — Some Main Street traffic will be rerouted to Enfield Road and Penobscot Valley Avenue next week as part of efforts to finish a $1.4 million reconstruction of West Broadway, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
Pan Am Railways workers will be fixing tracks across West Broadway near the Northern Penobscot Tech Region III high school starting Monday or early next week to improve drainage in that area, Goodwin said in a statement.
The work will entail fixing the mud rail, installing rubber on each side to facilitate drainage and replacing the crossing rail if needed, Goodwin said.
It is due to begin at 6 a.m. Monday, construction workers have said.
The area’s lack of drainage, which was caused only partially by the tracks, creates chronic flooding, icing, sinkholes and heaves in the road.
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.
Since mid-August, construction crews have been repairing, repaving and installing new drainage on West Broadway, which is also known as U.S. Routes 2 and 6. The job runs from Penobscot Valley Avenue to Fleming Street.
Motorists driving on side streets connecting to West Broadway near the tracks are advised to use caution.