December 12, 2017
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Bangor puts off road-widening projects to focus on repairing winter-damaged roads

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
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Tire tracks mar a pothole developing on North High Street near its intersection with Hammond Street in Bangor last year.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Public Works will sideline a series of planned road-widening projects in order to catch up with repairs needed in the wake of a winter that was brutal on city streets.

Public Works Director Dana Wardwell recommended the city put off projects to expand sections of Essex and Ohio streets and Davis Road. He estimated those would have cost about $350,000.

Those streets are all that’s left in a three-year bond project focused on making roads more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists. The city already has widened parts of Mount Hope Avenue, Sylvan, Burleigh and Griffin roads, and most of Ohio Street, according to Wardwell.

“The harsh winter we just experienced was very destructive to roads and I have had much difficulty trimming the paving list to fit our budget,” Wardwell said. He said it was “hard to justify” spending money on optional road expansions when other roads are in such disrepair.

The city’s infrastructure committee backed Wardwell’s suggestion, but asked that he look into other potential funding sources to complete the remaining road-widening efforts if possible.

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