The sidewalk work happening on Route 1 (Elm Street) on the Rockport and Camden town line, as well as the sidewalk and drainage work on Washington Street (from Matthew John Ave. to Shirttail Park) in Camden, is scheduled to be completed by mid-September, according to Maine Department of Transportation schedules.

The work on both projects was started in June.

The sidewalk is now installed along Route 1, as crews also added a pedestrian controlled crosswalk at the intersection of the plaza which houses Hannaford, Bangor Savings Bank and Camden National Bank. New traffic lights were also installed.

The projects are an MDOT and local project agreement between the state, Camden and Rockport — MDOT funds 80%, Camden 13% and Rockport 7%.

The work is being performed by Nitram, which also did the work for the Rockport sewer expansion along Route 1. That project finished up in the spring.

Camden Town Manager Audra Caler said the towns received the grant and contributed the majority of matching funds in 2017.

Caler said MDOT put this project out to bid in 2018 and the bids came in higher than anticipated. Because of that, MDOT decided to bid the sidewalk project out with the Washington Street sidewalk work to get a better price by bidding the two together.

MDOT asked the town of Camden to do the right of way acquisition work for the Washington Street work, which took nearly two years, delaying the project.

The state rebid the projects as a package in fall 2021 and Nitram came in as the lowest bidder.

Work is performed on the traffic lights on Route 1. Photo by Zack Miller

Sidewalk construction along Route 1 outside Maritime Farms. Photo by Zack Miller

Sidewalk on Washington Street in Camden. Photo by Zack Miller