Rockland plans to complete streetscape project by October
Rockland — The state has given the city a deadline to complete the crosswalk and curb-cutting reconstruction by Oct. 15, City Manager James Smith said Sept. 4.
"We met with the Rockland Main Street members on Aug. 28 to talk with them about the deadline," Smith said. "There were almost 12 people there, and they were alright with that."
The new construction is a continuation of the work started in the city this past spring and is part of the original streetscape grant.
The city received a $150,000 grant from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development for improvements on Main Street to replace broken and uneven sidewalks with new ones to make them handicapped accessible. The grant also was to be used to replace granite curbs and install new crosswalks.
A crosswalk will be installed on Main Street between Lindsay and Main streets.
Workers will go back and loosen granite curbs that were improperly installed and replace them with new ones. Repair will be done to the curb in front of the Rockland Cafe on Main Street.
In addition, two light poles will be moved closer to the road between Lindsay Street and Talbot Avenue, Smith said.
"The work will begin Sept. 10, and we want to be out by Sept. 27, in time for Columbus Day," Smith added.
"We want people to know that downtown is open for business, and we are taking any steps we can to minimize disruption of business," he said.
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