May 26, 2018
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Improvements made to sites along Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SOLON, Maine — The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway along U.S. Route 201 has seen some improvements this year, and those who maintain the byway sites will be thanking those who helped out.

Mary Lou Ridley, project specialist for the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, said Plum Creek and the Maine Department of Transportation will be thanked during an event at the Robbins Hill scenic area at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway has several rest area stops along Route 201, stretching from Solon up to Sandy Bay near the Canadian border.

Plum Creek donated $3,000 to the organization to construct a website. Ridley said she hopes to have something online in a couple of weeks.

The Maine Department of Transportation also helped through a planning grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway is also repaying the town of Bingham $5,300 in grant money, which was used for a monument and renovations at the Meeting House, said Ridley.

Trail improvements are being made at the Sandy Bay location, she said. A viewing platform will also be constructed to see the waterfall.

Ridley said the picnic areas are used often throughout the year to enjoy the views from the byway.

“I’m amazed at the number of people who stop in at this one,” Ridley said Tuesday during a telephone interview. She said she was painting a picnic table at The Forks site. “It’s incredible how many people drive through and stop. It’s pretty well used.”

Each rest area also has information about the area — everything from maple syrup to lumbering.

“It’s really interesting to see. Probably 95 percent of the people who stop in the areas actually read all the signs. That’s kind of cool,” said Ridley.

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