CAMDEN — Getting around downtown Camden in the first week of October has been almost as difficult as finding a parking spot right after July 4, due in part to construction projects along Washington Street.

Construction teams have started the process of widening Washington Street and putting in sidewalks from Matthew John Avenue up to the Shirttail Point swimming area.

The project is a long-planned partnership between the town and the Maine Department of Transportation. The sidewalks are being added along the northeast side of the street.

Flaggers were directing traffic as it went down to one lane on Thursday, Oct. 6. The area was busy with dump trucks traveling in and out of the construction zone and workers using heavy equipment to dig up grass along the side of the road. Several trucks and pieces of equipment were located at the former tannery property during the work.

The street was closed off to traffic in the section next to the town office downtown.

Construction for new sidewalks on Washington Street in Camden is underway near Shirttail Point. Photo by Daniel Dunkle