Crews will be working overnight for the next two months to add a middle turning lane along two sections of Route 1A in Holden, a two-lane corridor that’s particularly busy in summer when tourists use it to drive from Bangor to Bar Harbor, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.
The workers will be adding two-way turning lanes along both areas of the route that’s also called Main Road, allowing drivers to stop and make left-hand turns without obstructing traffic.
One stretch of Route 1A that will have a new middle lane is a little more than a half-mile, starting near Maine Military Supply store and continuing southeast to the intersection with Copeland Hill Road. The other is almost a mile, starting near the Holden Town Office and continuing east to the intersection with South and Bagaduce roads, according to a MaineDOT work plan.
“Crashes have been happening in this area when drivers slow down to make left-hand turns and are hit from behind by drivers who are distracted, impaired, or unaware of slowing traffic,” the Maine DOT said in a statement. “The goal of adding a center lane for left-hand turns is to reduce the frequency and severity of such crashes. The work being done will also help preserve the pavement.”
Sections of road will be reduced to one lane during the project, which is expected to run from July 21 to Sept. 19. Crews will be out between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.