AUGUSTA, Maine — MaineDOT will begin reconstruction of a portion of Outer Western Avenue in Augusta starting Monday, Sept. 30. Contractor RJ Grondin of Gorham will begin with tree removal and installing new gas, water, sewer facilities, as well as portions of the core components of the storm water and drainage systems this fall. The work will continue into 2014 and is expected to be completed on or before Aug. 30, 2014.
While developing this project, MDOT has taken great strides to reduce any delays to motorists, however, it is a construction zone and there will be times work will have some impact on traffic. In an effort to reduce delays, the contractor has restrictions outlined in the contract to minimize disruptions which include: 6:30-8:30 a.m., two-way traffic including all eastbound lanes (traffic heading toward Augusta from Winthrop/Manchester); 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. two-way traffic; 3:30-6 p.m, two-way traffic including all westbound lanes (traffic heading toward Winthrop/Manchester); 6-7 p.m. twoway traffic; 7 p.m.-6 a.m. alternating one-way traffic; no Saturday work.
During construction, businesses on the route will be open and will have access during construction. When entering or exiting a business, side road, or driveway please be attentive as there will be much activity. Please take that extra moment to look twice and proceed with caution.
Once completed, this section of Outer Western Avenue will have upgraded utilities, additional lanes for turning and through traffic, and a new traffic signal system which will make traveling this segment much more efficient for everyone.
For more information on the project, including a map of the work area, place visit: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/