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Bangor closes lanes, shuts down portions of streets as crews replace century-plus-old water, sewer lines

Posted July 01, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Last modified July 01, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.

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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.
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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
A backhoe digs out old piping Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor.
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A backhoe digs out old piping Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.
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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
Cars drive by construction Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor.
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Cars drive by construction Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.
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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.
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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
Cars drive by construction Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor.
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Cars drive by construction Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Buck Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and  Lincoln Street in Bangor.
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A construction crew works to lay concrete Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Street in Bangor. Buy Photo
Cars navigate the construction near the intersection of Main and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor.
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Cars navigate the construction near the intersection of Main and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor. Buy Photo
Pedestrians navigate the construction near the intersection of Main Street and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor.
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Pedestrians navigate the construction near the intersection of Main Street and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor. Buy Photo
A car navigates the construction near the intersection of Main Street and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor.
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A car navigates the construction near the intersection of Main Street and Broad streets Tuesday in Bangor. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Construction season reared its head on the first day of July in downtown Bangor.

Last night, crews shut down Main Street through downtown as they worked to replace Civil War-era sewer lines that cut underneath Main Street, according to Public Works Director Dana Wardwell.

The same closure is planned again for Tuesday night, which will result in a downtown Main Street shutdown from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The intersection is still open, allowing traffic to flow from Hammond Street onto State Street.

“Hopefully that will be the last time we have to shut down Main Street there,” Wardwell said.

Wardwell said the sewer and water main replacements downtown, part of the city’s West Market Square revitalization efforts, are on schedule.

In about three weeks, most of the “deep underground work” will wrap up and some of the heavier equipment will move off site as crews move on to work closer to the surface.

The project started in April and is expected to wrap up sometime in September.

In a separate Main Street project, Bangor Water District is replacing more than 3,000 feet of historic water lines running from Cedar Street to the Cross Insurance Center.

S.E. MacMillan, the contractor on that construction, has shut down a lane of traffic on the west side of the road, opposite the river, as crews fill in water main trenches with concrete. MacMillan has said people should expect access to those streets on the west side of Main Street from McDonald’s to Buck Street to be shut off until at least 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Buck Street heading toward Main Street also has been shut down at the entrance to Cross Insurance Center. It is still possible to get to Main Street by cutting through the arena’s parking lot.

The city has asked drivers to seek alternate routes if possible in order to keep Main Street traffic congestion to a minimum.

Though the water district project is nearing completion, the city still has to start work this summer on a second project along that stretch of road to place median strips, widen sidewalks and improve lighting.

Follow Nick McCrea on Twitter @nmccrea213.

 

CORRECTION:

Some photos on a previous version misidentified an intersection where construction is taking place, at the corner of Main and Broad streets.

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