Route 1 face-lift begins in Warren, Thomaston
Warren — A $4.6 million reconstruction of Route 1 in Warren begins this week, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.
The project includes reconstruction of Route 1 from just south of Sandy Shores Road and extending 1.39 miles north to Route 97 in Warren, according to Ted Talbot, MDOT spokesman.
Clearing of brush and trees along the roadside will begin this week, and bid-winner Lane Construction Corporation will begin the reconstruction next week. Lane is headquartered in Cheshire, Conn.
The widening of the road is being done to allow for two-way traffic to be maintained throughout the project, said Talbot.
"We will go as long as we can through the season and pick it back up in the spring," said Talbot. The expected completion date is August 2015. Crews will not be working on July 4 or Labor Day weekend, according to Talbot.
This project nearly abutts the face-lift being completed on Main Street in Thomaston.
Town Manager Val Blastow said the road condition warranted a temporary overlay until the actual reconstruction next fall occurs.
"This highway section of Thomaston was in design back in 2003 and ceased along with the Warren project based on public outcry," said Blastow in an email response June 16.
A portion of Route 1 from Route 131 to Wadsworth Street was cut down to one-lane traffic June 16.
The intersection of Route 131 north at Montpelier was resurfaced the week of June 8, slowing traffic to a crawl.
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 Thomaston 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 running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.