ROCKLAND, Maine — Eight months after residents gave overwhelming support to borrowing $1.6 million to repair a crumbling road that serves as a bypass to Route 1, the start of the project may be in sight.

The Rockland City Council is scheduled Monday evening to discuss the planned reconstruction of Old County Road. Bid packages are expected to go out soon to contractors and work could be done this fall.

In November, residents voted 2,047 to 551 to borrow the $1.6 million.

Old County Road runs from Route 1 in Thomaston to Route 1 in Rockport. The city council received considerable complaints from residents about the road’s poor condition prior to that referendum.

In 2010, the Maine Department of Transportation found that 7,700 cars use the Rockland section of the road on an average day.

The Maine Department of Transportation has said while Old County Road is considered a state-aid road, for which the state will perform basic paving, the state also categorizes Old County Road as a lower priority than three parallel roads to Old County — Route 1, Route 1A and Route 90.