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Major Improvements to Begin on Route 3

Jul 14, 2016

Nobody looks forward to road construction, but like going to the doctor or dentist, it’s sometimes necessary and ultimately can be good for us. Residents, business owners and council members met with representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation Wednesday afternoon in Bar Harbor to discuss the upcoming improvements to Route 3

According to a Maine DOT spokesperson, the road rebuild will take place in two phases, and could begin as early as late fall 2016, as soon as advertising for bids is completed. From there, the length of the project will depend largely on weather, particularly our Maine winters.  However, a deadline for the entire project has been set for June 2019.

Among improvements planned are new sidewalks, wider roads, multi use paths and wider shoulders, accommodating bicyclists and other traffic.

Two detours are planned – one from Crooked Road to 102, the second from Paradise Hill Road through Acadia National Park. The two detours will not be used at the same time, but will coincide with the two phases of the Route 3 improvement project.  Inbound traffic will continue on Route 3, while outbound traffic will be routed through the detours.   And an alternate route is scheduled for tractor trailers during the construction.

Water service could be interrupted at times during the construction, and a new drainage design is included in the road improvement.

Temporary traffic signals will be placed at the end of Crooked Road and at the Park entrance, and Maine DOT promises a web presence and Bluetooth message boards to keep drivers, residents and businesses apprised of the progress, detours, and any issues that may develop.

Citizens who have further concerns can contact the Maine Department of Transportation.

Sonnie Shepherd

Maine Department of Transportation map of MDI detour routes

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