PORTLAND — Pan Am Railways will be rebuilding the crossing at Forest Avenue between Concord Street and Ocean Avenue, as well as the crossing on Saunders Street, according to a Maine Department of Transportation press release.
The work requires the area be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to approximately 3 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10. Crews will work day and night during the project so there will be no impact on Monday morning commuter traffic.
This work is part of the safety improvements associated with the Woodfords Corner reconstruction project. During these upgrades, Forest Avenue must be closed in the vicinity of the railroad crossing.
Southbound traffic on Forest Avenue will be detoured southbound onto Stevens Avenue to Woodfords Street, then eastbound on Woodford Street back to Forest Avenue. Northbound traffic on Forest Avenue will be detoured westbound on Woodford Street to Stevens Avenue, then northbound on Stevens Avenue back to Forest Avenue. Due to the heavy traffic anticipated during the detour, motorists who plan to pass through this location are encouraged to find alternate routes.
Businesses on Forest Avenue will remain open and may be accessed from that street, but traffic will not be able to get through the area of railroad crossing construction. The flashing railroad crossing signals will be upgraded after the railroad track crossing improvements are finished, but that phase of the project will not require the road to be closed.
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