Warren receives grant for smart stream project

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 17, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham If approved at the polls in June, this culvert and section of Sandy Shores Road in Warren will be repaired.

Warren — A 45-year-old culvert on Sandy Shores Road is going to be replaced, thanks in part to a $95,000 grant awarded to the town of Warren April 11.

Town Manager William Lawrence said the grant is part of the Maine Department of Transportation's Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvement Project.

Town Code Enforcement Officer Melody Sainio, who applied for the grant, said the premise is to maintain fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety.

The entire cost of the project is estimated at $217,671, and the grant will cover almost half of it. Voters will be asked to approve the remaining funds at the polls in June.

The project is expected to take less than a month to complete, with one-lane traffic open during construction. The existing culvert will be replaced, necessary road work will be done and new guard rails will be installed.

The current culvert was inspected in June 2010, at which time the MDOT determined it to have "considerable damage." In the application, Sainio noted, "The largest impact for area residents, should the culvert fail, would be the inability for emergency vehicles to reach the person(s) in need."

Sandy Shores Road turns into Bunker Hill Road and is the only entrance to this section of Warren, where there are 56 year-round homes, 80 seasonal homes, and three businesses.

The length of the current culvert is 25 feet. The new one will be increased to 50 or 60 feet, and its diameter increased from 12 to 22 feet. This will allow better passage of fish traveling to spawning areas.

The Back Meadow Brook flows northwesterly through the culvert and into the southeasterly end of South Pond, a 554-acrea freshwater body.

Gartley & Dorsky Engineering & Surveying completed a preliminary study in 2016.

If passed at the polls, construction is expected to begin in September.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Warren Code Enforcement Officer Melody Sainio stands at the site of a Stream Smart Project she hopes will be under construction by September. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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