April 22, 2018
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BDN readers report rough Hampden intersection in See It, Fix It feature

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — The intersection of Routes 1A, 9 and 202 at the center of Hampden is one of eastern Maine’s busier junctions, and according to Bangor Daily News readers, it’s also one of the roughest.

Multiple readers have noted on the See It, Fix It feature on the BDN’s website that the center of the intersection, which connects Routes 1A and 9 (Main Road) with Western Avenue (Route 202) is bumpy.

BDN readers can log onto the See It, Fix It feature online to report problems within their cities and towns.

Hampden Public Works Director Chip Swan acknowledged that the intersection is rough, but the town turns to the Maine Department of Transportation to repair state routes.

“We can’t spend town dollars on state roads,” Swan said. “We put our money into our own roads.”

Swan said he did speak to a MDOT representative about the rough intersection last week.

Other issues that readers have reported include poor visibility on the ramps connecting Waldo Avenue with U.S. Route 1 in Belfast, signs at the Cony Circle rotary in Augusta, unclear lane-turning markers at the intersection of Griffin Road and Kenduskeag Avenue in Bangor, and speeding motorcycles on Mount Hope Avenue near the Fruit Street School in Bangor.

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