The construction is back.

A three-week Maine Department of Transportation schedule sent out March 29 and posted on the department's website shows preparation for construction that was halted during the winter months will begin again Monday, April 3.

The schedule shows the erection of project signage, portable message boards, and inspection of sewer manholes is to go forward over the next week.

After April 10, pavement removal and excavations are scheduled at Oyster River Road and sidewalk excavations are planned from Gilchrest Street to Fish Street.

Construction on the stretch of Route 1 through Thomaston began last spring and is scheduled to continue until November.

Traffic disruptions caused frustration last year, particularly among business owners, who said the congestion and detours were driving businesses to extinction.

Selectman Pete Lammert said he expected the construction to result in one-lane traffic on and off through the spring and summer on either end of town.

At certain times, he said, traffic could be halted completely. Where crews are removing pavement and concrete underneath it, both lanes could be blocked while they load debris to be hauled away.

Some local history buffs did find cause to rejoice as excavations revealed curiousĀ artifacts from Thomaston's history.

Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at