CAMDEN — A section of Route 52 is closed to traffic after the collapse of the roadway during the Oct. 30-31 storm.

The roadbed was scoured out by water pouring down from the hills, causing a large area of roadway to buckle and collapse. The area of the collapse is between Molyneaux Road and Beaucaire Avenue.

Route 52 is a state highway and major connector between Camden and Lincolnville, towns to the west, and is the backroad to Belfast. Those making the trip south on Route 52 to Camden will see a detour onto Beaucaire Avenue, a curvy residential road with a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. An alternate  route to avoid this section of 52, is Route 235 in Lincolnville Center to Route 105 to Camden.

Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley was told Oct. 31 the estimated time to repair Route 52 is a week or two, by a Maine Department of Transportation Department engineer. It could take slightly less time if “they’re able to complete the work under an emergency declaration,” Farley said.

The timeframe depends on a more thorough assessment of the extent of the damage, as well as how much work they may be able to do to mitigate this from happening in the future, he explained.

In Lincolnville, Town Administrator David Kinney reported damage from the heavy rain to road shoulders on High Street between Searsmont Road and Moody Mountain. In numerous areas, repairs were underway Nov. 1 to washouts to gravel driveways in the right of way. Heavy rain moved debris into culverts below the driveways, blocking them, and forcing water over the top.

Other repairs were planned to town roads. An area of pavement on the edge of Heather Hill Road caved in due to the roadside ditch filling with fall debris, and water rising and eroding under the pavement, Kinney said.

Townhouse Road was temporarily closed when two culverts were flowing at capacity but could not keep up with water flowing downstream.  The water worked its way across the low point of the road nearby and took out the gravel surface with it, according to Kinney.  These culverts are scheduled for replacement in either the summer of 2022 or 2023.

The intersection of Hosmer Pond and Molyneaux roads was still flooded around 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Courtesy of Oliva Berez

The Oct. 30/31 storm turned Main Street in downtown Camden into a river. Courtesy of Alison McKellar

Montgomery Dam the morning of Oct. 31. Photo by Dan Dunkle

The impoundment above the Knowlton Street dam in Camden overflowed as nearly six inches of rain soaked the area the night of Oct.30/31. Courtesy of Alison McKellar

Harbor Park on Camden Harbor. Courtesy of Alison McKellar

Montgomery Dam after the storm.

The water level in Hosmer Pond rose during the Oct. 30/31 storm overtaking the banks of the pond. Courtesy of Ken Gross

This pavement collapse on Heather Hill Road in Lincolnville occurred Oct. 31 when heavy rains overtopped the roadside ditch plugged with debris, causing water to erode the shoulder and material below the pavement. Courtesy of Town of Lincolnville

Culverts located near the yellow and black striped sign were at capacity on Townouse Road in Lincolnville Oct. 30/31, and could not keep up with the quantity of water flowing down stream. The water found the low point of the road washed out the gravel surface, which was repaired Nov. 1. Courtesy of Town of Lincolnville

A new pond forms near Flatbread Pizza in Rockport following the storm Oct. 31. Photo by Dan Dunkle