June 19, 2018
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State schedules local construction projects for 2014

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff

AUGUSTA — The MaineDOT Work Plan released in January details an ambitious schedule of 1,600-plus projects to be completed by the Maine Department of Transportation during the next year at an aggregate cost of $2.02 billion. The document includes $455 million budgeted for 425 capital projects in 2014 — and many projects will take place in the lower Penobscot Valley.
Among the local MDOT projects budgeted for 2014 are:
• Rebuilding the Runway 15 blast pad at Bangor International Airport for $218,618;
• Upgrading the BIA public address system for $618,000;
• Replacing the Union Street overpass above Interstate 95, estimated to cost $8.895 million and scheduled to take the next few years;
• Realigning the northbound on-ramp from Union Street to I-95 and lengthening the ramp’s acceleration lane. This project will also close the connector from the on-ramp to Ohio Street. The budgeted price is $830,750;
• Installing a video traffic-detection system at the Oak Street intersections with Hancock and Washington streets and at the Exchange Street-Washington Street intersection. The MDOT has budgeted $55,750 for this project;
• Building a second right-turn lane for Bangor Mall Boulevard traffic turning right onto Hogan Road. The projected cost is $230,000;
• Paving Pushaw Road from its intersection with Route 15 7.23 miles to Route 221 in Glenburn, at a cost of $285,180;
• Paving Route 221 from its intersection with Route 15 15.94 miles north to Route 155 in Bradford for a budgeted $628,736.
• Paving State Street 0.14 mile from Eastern Avenue to Penobscot Street and 0.68 mile from Mullen Way to Wilson Street, at a cost of $581,327;
• Paving Wilson Street and Route 1A 3.23 miles from the Interstate 395 overpass southeast into Holden for a budgeted $1.035 million.
• Removing lead-based paint and installing new curtains under the finger joints on the Cook Road overpass above I-95, at a cost of $325,000.
• Paving 1.45 miles of Orono Road from Pushaw Road to Essex Street for $57,194;
• Improving the drainage and clearing ditches along 7.36 miles of the Orono Road and Forest Avenue in Glenburn and Orono for $66,000.
• Paving Route 1A (Main Road) between Kennebec Road and Western Avenue for $541,735;
• Improving drainage and cleaning the ditches along 5.52 miles of Kennebec Road for $59,000.
• Replacing culverts, improving the drainage, and bringing shoulder materials up to grade level for 2.53 miles of Route 46 from the Dedham town line to the intersection with Route 1A in East Holden. This project is estimated at $360,000.
• Improving drainage and cleaning the ditches along 4.78 miles along Avenue Road and Stetson Road to the Kenduskeag town line for $52,000.
• Paving 18.74 miles of Route 2 with a 0.75-inch overlay through Milford, Greenbush, and Passadumkeag, for an estimated $2.966 million.
Old Town
• Resetting the joint steel and seal and sealing the deck on the Gilman Falls Bridge for $84,000.
• Paving 0.65 miles of Kelley Road from Stillwater Avenue to I-95 for $25,639;
• Paving 1.45 miles of Forest Avenue from Stillwater Avenue to Taylor Road for an estimated $57,194;
• Improving the drainage and clearing the ditches along 0.65 miles of Kelley Road from I-95 to Old Kelley Road. The MDOT has budgeted $17,000 for this project.
• Adding a left turn lane on Route 15 into a proposed plaza entrance at the Snow’s Corner Road intersection, with this project estimated at $3,500.
• Paving 0.32 miles of School Street from  Route 2 to Thompson Road for $12,622;
• Replacing the existing gabion baskets with a rock retaining wall at the County Road Crossing Bridge above the railroad tracks. This project has been budgeted at $80,000.
• Paving 3.75 miles of Route 139 westerly from the Route 69 intersection, for $207,387;
• Paving 0.77 miles of Route 69, starting at the School Street intersection. This project is budgeted at $42,583;
• Paving 2.36 miles of Cove Road from Route 1A to Kennebec Road, for $130,516.

Future projects

During 2015 and 2016, the MDOT has proposed additional projects for the lower Penobscot Valley. Among these projects are:
• Replacing the Tannery Bridge for $660,000;
• Paving 5.89 miles of Route 16 with a 1¼-inch overlay, at a projected cost of $1.458 million.
• Building a terminal connector walkway at BIA for $1.03 million;
• Replacing the I-395 bridge over Webster Avenue for a projected $1.6 million;
• Paving Union Street between Main and Hammond streets for $386,361;
• Constructing a parallel acceleration ramp from Broadway onto I-95 for $690,000.
• Paving Wilson Street for 1.1 miles from South Main Street to Parkway South for $854,424.
• Paving 2.4 miles of Route 9 with a 0.75-inch overlay for $603,924.
• Constructing 0.07 mile of a sidewalk along Route 9 (Western Avenue) from Sidney Boulevard to Mayo Road, for a projected $181,680. This project will complete the sidewalk construction around the town’s Four-Mile Square;
• Paving 3.87 miles of Route 69 in Hampden and Newburgh for $992,500.
• Building a sidewalk 0.57 miles along Route 2 from Billings Road to the Danforth Plaza. This project is estimated to cost $716,098.
• Replacing the Route 2 bridge over Sunkhaze Stream for $2 million.
• Paving 1.68 miles of Route 69 with a 1¼-inch overlay, at a projected cost of $500,000.
Old Town
• Rebuilding and repaving Runway 4-22 at Dewitt Field, for an estimated $4.12 million. This project includes removing obstructions.
• Building a roundabout at the intersection of Routes 2 and Rangeley Road (University of Maine campus entrance) for $1.65 million;
• Paving 2.14 miles of Park Street with a 0.75-inch overlay through Orono and Old Town, for $492,480.

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