The Maine Department of Transportation has released its three-year transportation infrastructure work plan. Published annually, the plan outlines the department's strategy for road, bridge and other transportation upgrades and maintenance projects.

The three-year plan covers approximately $2.71 billion worth of construction and maintenance. In Waldo County, estimated funding needed for planned projects this year totals $25,871,070. The largest individual projects include:

  • Reconstruction of 1.85 miles of Route 1 in Searsport, $10.5 million.
  • Dredging the channel in Searsport, the county’s deepwater port, $5.5 million.
  • A study to evaluate the benefits of offshore wind development and port upgrades for offshore wind in Searsport, $2 million.
  • Replacement of a large culvert on Route 1 in Stockton Springs, $1.92 million.
  • Replacement of the Great Farm Bridge on Route 7 in Jackson, $1.36 million.
  • Milling and filling 2.7 miles of Route 1 in Northport, $773,000.
  • Improvements and possible fuel farm installation at Belfast Municipal Airport, $687,000.

Following are details of the planned capital and maintenance projects for Waldo County municipalities in 2021:

Aviation

At Belfast Municipal Airport, safety and infrastructure improvements that may include installation of a fuel farm, phase 1, with funding estimated at $515,000, and a capital equipment purchase for the fuel farm, phase 3, with funding estimated at $172,000.

Bridge work

In Belfast, superstructure rehabilitation of Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Passagassawakeag River, located 0.27 mile east of High Street, with funding estimated at $250,000.

In Jackson, on Route 7, replacement of the Great Farm Bridge over Great Farm Brook, located 0.12 mile south of Great Farm Road, with funding estimated at $1.36 million.

In Prospect, improvements to Colson Bridge on Route 1A over Colson Stream, located 0.38 mile north of Hawes Bridge Road, with funding estimated at $200,000.

In Thorndike, repair the worn surface on Sayward Bridge, which carries Route 220 over Halfmoon Stream, located about a quarter-mile south of Gordan Hill Road, with funding estimated at $35,000.

In Troy, repair Cooks Mill Bridge, which carries Route 220 over Carlton Stream, 50 feet north of Bog Road, with funding estimated at $70,000.

In Unity, replace the worn surface on Douglas Bridge, which carries Stevens Road over Sandy Stream, 270 feet south of Rich Road, with funding estimated at $60,000.

Culverts & ditching

In Frankfort, replacing two large culverts on Loggin Road, 0.14 mile west of Old Stage Road, with funding estimated at $200,000.

In Freedom, on North Palermo Road, ditching and replacing culverts in various places, beginning at the Palermo-Freedom town line and extending north 5.6 miles to Route 137, with funding estimated at $110,000.

In Liberty, ditching on Route 220 in Liberty and Montville for drainage maintenance from Route 105 north 10.16 miles to Halldale Road, with funding estimated at $62,000.

In Montville, replacing culverts in various places on Route 220, beginning 0.43 mile north of Walker Ridge Road and extending 3.1 miles to the Montville-Knox town line, with funding estimated at $250,000.

In Prospect, on Route 174, ditching for drainage maintenance from Route 1A east 3.82 miles to Route 1, with funding estimated at $23,000.

In Searsmont, replacing culverts on New England Road and on routes 131 and 173, with funding estimated at $300,000.

In Searsmont, ditching on Route 173,beginning at the Lincolnville-Searsmont town line heading north 3.1 miles, then west 1.7 miles to Route 131, with funding estimated at $30,000.

In Winterport, ditching and replacing culverts on Route 69, from the Hampden town line about 6 miles to Route 1A, with funding estimated at $78,000.

Highway Construction/Rehabilitation

In Searsport, reconstruction along Route 1 beginning at Savage Road and extending 1.85 miles northeast, with funding estimated at $10.5 million.

Highway safety & spot improvements

In Northport, drainage improvements on Route 1, beginning 0.23 mile north of Pound Hill Road and extending north 2.7 miles, with funding estimated at $182,000.

In Prospect, slope stabilization on Route 1, 0.2 mile north of Switzer Spring Road, with funding estimated at $75,000.

In Stockton Springs, replace a large culvert on Route 1, just north of the Searsport town line, with funding estimated at $1.92 million.

In Swanville, slope stabilization on Route 141, 1.1 miles north of Town House Road, with funding estimated at $75,000.

Highway paving & light capital paving

In Northport, mill and fill on Route 1, beginning 0.23 mile north of Pound Hill Road and extending north 2.7 miles, with funding estimated at $773,000.

In Prospect, on Route 174 from Route 1A north 3.82 miles to Route 1, with funding estimated at $153,000.

In Searsmont, on New England Road from 131 north for a distance of 3.55 miles to Route 3, with funding estimated at $142,000.

In Winterport, on Route 69, about 5 miles extending south from the Newburgh town line, with funding estimated at $199,000.

Ports and harbors

In Searsport, port upgrades for offshore wind: a study to evaluate the benefits of offshore wind development in an effort to establish a public/private partnership venture that will provide renewable energy and create jobs for Maine, with funding estimated at $2 million.

In Searsport, dredging the commercial channel of Searsport, which serves Mack Point, with funding estimated at $5.5 million.

Rural transit

In Belfast, general operating assistance to Waldo Community Action Partners, dba Mid-Coast Public Transportation, with funding estimated at $707,000.

The entire MDOT three-year work plan can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y537gsav.