DOT announces upcoming projects for Waldo County

By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 12, 2020

Belfast —

The Maine Department of Transportation’s list of proposed projects through 2022 includes paving roads, upgrades to the airport, and culvert and bridge replacements throughout Waldo County.

The projects, however, are contingent on costs and available funds, according to DOT. The following are selected projects proposed around the county.

In Belfast, the municipal airport is on the list for 2021/22 with improvements including navigational lights and proposed installation of a fuel farm. The estimated combined total cost is $685,000.

Also in Belfast, the Goose River Bridge on Route 1 is slated to be replaced in 2020 at a price tag of $2.33 million. And the Sheldon Bridge on Poors Mill Road over Warren Brook is set to be replaced in 2020 at a cost of $861,000.

Highway paving of Route 1 starting near the Northport town line and extending north approximately 4 miles, including four ramps and the Veterans Memorial Bridge, is proposed for 2020 at a cost of $2.37 million.

Also in Northport, Route 1 is on the list for 2021/22 to be paved from just north of Pound Hill Road and extending north 3 miles for an estimated cost of $1.08 million.

In Brooks, large culverts on Route 7 are slated to be replaced this year, beginning at the Waldo-Brooks town line and extending north approximately 4 miles, ending at the intersection of routes 7 and 139. The drainage maintenance project is estimated to cost $425,000.

The Great Farm Road bridge in Jackson over Great Farm Brook is on the list for 2021/22 with a price tag of $1.23 million.

A paving project extending from Swanville to Monroe is scheduled for 2020. Beginning near North Searsport Road in Swanville and extending north to Route 139 in Monroe, the project is estimated to cost $270,000.

In Searsport, a highway construction/rehabilitation project on Route 1 is on the list for 2021/22 beginning at Savage Road and extending northeast approximately 2 miles at a projected cost of $10.3 million. A paving project on Nickels Road beginning at Route 131 and extending north to Route 3 is proposed for 2020 at a cost of $205,000. Also in Searsport, a culvert replacement project on Mt. Ephraim Road is proposed in 2020 for $472,000.

Several large culvert projects are proposed for Stockton Springs. One on Route 1 near Muskrat Farm Road is proposed in 2020 for $1.68 million. Another culvert project on Route 1 located just north of the Searsport town line is proposed in 2021/22 for $1.59 million and a third project, on Route 1A south of Blueberry Lane, is proposed at a cost of $896,000.

A paving project on Cape Jellison Road in Stockton Springs is proposed for 2020. It will begin at Lighthouse Road and extend north approximately 2 miles with an expected cost of $99,000.

A paving project on Route 139 in Winterport is listed for 2020. Beginning at Route 69 and extending southwest approximately 4 miles, it has estimated cost of $150,000.

In the DOT Work Plan, Commissioner Bruce A. Van Note writes, "This year is not typical. Due to cost increases arising from workforce challenges, work constraints, and other factors, making the old projects whole has required an extraordinary amount of funding.

"... this Work Plan largely consists of spreading what used to be two years of capital projects over three years to stay within funding and cost constraints.

"...the fiscal reality is that we are now competently managing a slow decline of our transportation system until bipartisan funding solutions materialize. The system will not fail immediately, and we will do our best to avoid any serious safety impacts."

Major sources of funding that support state Department of Transportation projects. (Courtesy of: Maine DOT)
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