Flowers planted in potholes draw attention to needed road work in Orrington

A resident of Mill Creek Road in Orrington, apparently frustrated with the potholes in the road, planted flowers in some of them.
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A resident of Mill Creek Road in Orrington, apparently frustrated with the potholes in the road, planted flowers in some of them. Buy Photo
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted June 15, 2012, at 5:18 p.m.

ORRINGTON, Maine — One or more Mill Creek Road residents have taken a more colorful approach in protesting the condition of their road.

Flowers were planted in several potholes along the now dirt road Thursday.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Jesse Schwarcz, whose parents, Mary Ann and Arthur, live on the road. “It gets so tiring to drive through those potholes and hit the bottom of every single one and swerve all the biggest ones. If they’re not going to grade the road and keep it maintained, then we can at least enjoy the flowers and not drive through the potholes.”

When a beaver dam broke in March, it flooded Swetts Pond Road and destroyed areas of that road. A machine was brought in to tear up the pavement on that road. After the crews were done, the pavement on Mill Creek Road was also torn up ahead of schedule, according to residents.

Mill Creek Road is scheduled to be repaved and widened in July, said Town Manager Paul White. The nearly one-mile-long, dead-end road has become a dirt road for longer than expected, according to residents.

“Every time you get rain and people drive on it, you get potholes,” said Dick Grindle, who lives on the road. “It would be nice if they came in and did something with the potholes if we have to stay with all dirt for a length of time.”

White said the road will be paved and widened sometime in July. It’s up to FairPoint Communications to move its wires to new utility poles, he said.

“Once that’s done, the old poles can be removed and we can do ditching prior to the paving,” said White, adding that he was told about the flowers in the potholes earlier on Friday. “The whole road will be paved.”

Residents of the road are upset that little has been done to fix the pothole problems for the last couple of months.

“It’s getting worse. They need to come back in and grade it if they’re not going to be putting asphalt on it for a while,” said Grindle. “They need to do something with it. There’s going to be more and more potholes.”

Grindle added that he understands the town may have depleted funds due to the beaver dam break.

So far, no one has taken credit for planting the flowers in the potholes.

“No one’s taken credit, but I can narrow it down,” said Grindle, adding that about 13 homes are occupied on the road.

“It could be a number of people,” said Schwarcz. “It looked like there was some nice dirt in there mixed in with dirt from the ditches, too. Someone spent some time with a shovel to plant flowers up there.”

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