The Maine Department of Transportation awarded the bid for the Route 1 median project in Waldoboro, but the project manager said he expects that significant work will not begin until spring.

The DOT plans to widen Route 1 at the intersection of Depot and Jefferson streets and install raised and flush median islands. The project is intended to increase safety near the intersection. The plan calls for widening Route 1 by 5 feet at the intersection. That work and pavement and gravel are the biggest cost factors for the project.

The DOT recently awarded the $368,017 bid to the contractor A.H. Grover Inc., said James Mansir, project manager for the DOT.

The DOT held public meetings on the project on May 10 and June 16 at the Waldoboro Town Office. At both meetings, many attendees said they preferred a traffic light at the intersection rather than the median project. On June 16, project planners said they would study traffic patterns to see if a traffic light could be installed in the future. They said the median project would move forward, but this would not preclude a traffic light from being installed in the future.

Mansir said Sept. 21 that the contractor may do some prep work this fall. But he said heavy duty work will likely not begin until the spring. He said the plan is to have Route 1 improvements complete by the time tourism traffic gets heavy. According to a listing of the DOT bid, the project’s anticipated completion date is May 27, 2011.

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