April 26, 2018
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BDN readers eye repair of Route 69 in Hampden

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — Multiple Bangor Daily News readers aren’t pleased with a bumpy, 3.87-mile stretch of Route 69 in Hampden, according to the BDN website’s See It, Fix It feature. The feature enables online readers to point out problems in their communities with the goal of having the issues addressed.

Nine readers say the prolonged stretch of Route 69 has numerous potholes.

The underlying cause of the problem is lack of money for maintenance, according to John Devin, Engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation’s Eastern Region.

“We’d like to fix it, too,” Devin said. “It definitely is an issue of money. It always is.”

Devin said paving work is scheduled for next summer, but there is nothing that crews can do about the rough road for the time being.

“You can’t pave in the winter time,” Devin said. “You get very poor quality pavement when the temperatures get colder.”

According to Devin, the light capital paving project that is planned for the road will cost $50,000 per mile, which adds up to just under $200,000 for the stretch.

Town officials in Newburgh, Winterport and Hampden recently voiced their opinions on the rough road to DOT, and Devin hopes they’ll continue to support a project.

“I’m hoping that the town[s] continue to have a desire to do something,” Devin said, “otherwise it’d be longer before we can get there with anything but maintenance paving.”

Other issues that BDN readers have reported to See It, Fix It recently include poor lighting on a dead end street in Princeton; confusion caused by signs at the Augusta traffic circle; and no turn markings on Field Street, a two-lane, one-way street in Belfast.

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