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Business block ready for Thomaston 4th

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 03, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Union Block Streetscape Improvements Project in Thomaston is complete, except for some minor tweaks, town officials say.

Thomaston — Thomaston's Union Block Streetscape Improvements Project has just minor tweaks left to complete, according to Project Manager John Fancy.

Paving and pavement marking were completed June 29 -- just in time for the town's annual 4th of July festivities.

L.G. Whitcomb Landscaping LLC of Morrill was awarded the contract back in March, coming in as the lowest bidder at $399,273. Farley Inc. of Rockport bid $444,700.

Last August, the town accepted a $250,000 Northern Borders Regional Commission Improvement Grant Agreement to help with the cost of the project. The final phase of the project, which began in 2010, is estimated to cost $530,000 -- 47 percent of which will be covered by the grant.

Other phases of the project since the design phase have included relocation of gas storage tanks, renovations to the alleyway, rebuilding the sidewalk on Beechwood Street, installing underground conduits, a new storm drain system and the current Safe Routes to School construction.

Fancy said although the parking lot and roadway are finished, there will be some minor improvements to other areas, such as adding more plantings to the beds, as not all the plants have arrived yet, connecting the downspouts that are not tied to the drainage system, and installing some signs that have not arrived yet.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Comments (1)
Posted by: PETER LAMMERT | Jul 05, 2019 08:34

There are also 14 new LED street lights in various places around Starr Street and the different parking spots and the apron to Thomaston Grocery, in the foreground on the right of the picture is now step free into the store. The sidewalk is also capable of holding tractor trailer delivery trucks backed up to Thomaston Grocery's back door.The wooden enclosures now house the dumpsters that were formerly by the back doors of many of the buildings..

No place to park in front of the store on Rt. 1? Just drive around to the back and pick your spot.

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