Road widening, tree cutting on Route 1
Warren — The smell of fresh cut pine is evident as crews work along Route 1 in Warren, cutting trees and brush from the roadsides in preparation for Lane Construction Company to begin rebuilding.
Gary Pomeroy, Inc. out of Hermon has been subcontracted to haul away all of the debris, according to Ted Talbot, media spokesman for Maine Department of Transportation.
The $4.6 million project to rebuild 1.39 miles of road will go on as late into the fall as possible, then finish sometime next year.
The widening is being done to allow two-way traffic during construction, according to Talbot.
Much of the construction corridor was down to one lane the week of June 23, but traffic flowed right along.
Crews will not be working July 4 or Labor Day weekend.
"It's a painful process," said Warren Town Manager Elaine Clark June 26, "but it will be well worth it in the end."
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.