May 22, 2018
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BDN readers report rough railroad crossing near Penobscot Bridge

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — One of the busier intersections in eastern Maine has taken its toll on vehicles, according to Bangor Daily News readers.

BDN readers — 18 of them to be exact — have taken to the website’s See It, Fix It feature to report a bumpy road near a railroad crossing on State Street in Brewer by the Penobscot Bridge.

The See It Fix It feature provides readers a chance to report problems within their communities.

Brewer Public Works director David Cote noted that the heavily traveled intersection is rough, but it cannot be repaired without the consent of Guilford Railroad.

“We’ve talked to them at least five times this year,” Cote said. “We had made arrangements to do it in the spring of this year last fall, but that kind of fell through.”

Crossings on Parkway South and Wilson Street were both paved over in town last year, Cote said.

The intersection of State and Center streets, which sees a high volume of traffic daily, has mats that protect the rails, but the mats have some problems, Cote said.

“The mats have worked well for quite a few years, but I think we’re having some drainage issues underneath there,” he said.

The rubber on the crossing occasionally sticks up in the air, but not high enough to cause major damage to a vehicle, Cote acknowledged.

Cote is hopeful the city of Brewer and the railroad can eventually work out a deal to start a project.

“We’ll continue to stay in contact with the railroad and hopefully someday soon make people and materials available to do the work,” he said.

Other problems readers have reported include traffic light delays at the corner of Main and High streets in Belfast; a need for a traffic signal at the intersection of Pushaw Road and Broadway in Glenburn; and a blind entry to Interstate 95 via the southbound on-ramp on Broadway in Bangor.

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