Busy Rockland intersection to reopen

By Stephen Betts | Jul 16, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Paving on a short stretch of Main Street -- from the 250 Main Hotel to slightly south of Water Street -- is expected to be completed Thursday, July 18,

Rockland — The intersection of Water and Main streets will be reopened by Friday, July 19, after paving is completed on a short stretch of Main Street.

Rockland Wastewater Director Terry Pinto said Tuesday, July 16, that the overall South Main Street sewer and storm water separation project should be completed by mid-August, a few weeks later than originally expected. Rainy weather and more ledge than anticipated slowed the project, he said.

Final paving will be completed Thursday, July 18, on the stretch of Main Street from in front of the 250 Main Hotel to slightly south of the Water Street intersection.

That will allow Water Street traffic to go north onto Main Street toward downtown.

The overall project calls for installing separate sewer and storm water lines from near where the railroad tracks cross South Main to the intersection of Water Street.

Construction bids were opened Dec. 20. Nitram Excavation and General Contractor Inc. was selected to do the work for about $1.7 million.

The project was initially expected to be completed by July 22, with paving to be done by the end of July.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 17, 2019 09:26

I agree, Francis, considering the weather we have had they have done an awesome job and have noticed their consideration of speed limits here on Crescent Street. Now if we could fire the employees who insist on filling our potholes improperly. Throwing the asphalt in the hole, smoothing it over WITHOUT tamping it down does absolutely no good. I have complained to city hall and public works to no avail. The same thing was being done yesterday. Somebody needs to post pictures of this happening.  Waste of our money, but worse than that it does not solve the problem.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jul 17, 2019 08:53

I am continually amazed at how little consideration Main street businesses are given by the city when projects such as this almost force them out of business by customers being unable to get to these retail establishments.  Case in point, a favorite new watering hole on south Main the "Liberator".  For over a month now they have blocked every entrance to their building.  Is this Rockland's new drunk driving policy ?  You could not drive their even if you wanted to.  The same is now occuring in Wiscasett as the state has effectively put the entire Main street "out of business" by making it impossible to park and visit these business. Instead most just drive past on their way to Portland, Freeport or coastal destinations.  Thomaston nearly suffered the same fate as many Main street businesses struggled to stay in business.  Never an offer of  a tax break or other compensation.  Just a weak "sorry".

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 16, 2019 17:23

Nitram (Martin spelled backwards ) in my opinion is doing an excellent job. They have been very respectful of those of us that live on South Main. I don't know about Thomaston but I have been in the construction zone since it started and watch Nitram workers perform there jobs very diligently. The only problem I see is drivers that don't know enough to slow down on the side streets. Just waiting for the new pavement so traffic can back to the normal speeds of fifty or sixty. The construction hasn't slowed them do at all. I can't figure out why anyone would want to beat a vehicle so bad.

Posted by: Carleton Ingerson | Jul 16, 2019 15:31

Does anyone recognize the name NITRAM??? The same company that took 5 years in Thomaston...Is it any surprise that

they are behind schedule.

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