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Drainage construction underway in downtown Camden

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 09, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Much of the east side of Main Street in Camden is a construction zone as a major drainage project begins.

CAMDEN — A Maine Department of Transportation project to improve drainage and sidewalks in downtown Camden is underway on the Public Landing and harbor walkway connecting to Main Street.

The project will encompass the area from the walkway to the Elm and Union streets intersection. It spans a six-month time period, through June 11, 2021, but ceases in the winter from Jan.21 through April 5, according to MDOT's schedule.

The contractor is Ranger Construction, of Fairfield. The contract amount is $869,930. The town of Camden is also a partner in the sidewalk improvement portion of the project.

The work starts at the Public Landing, with the installation of a new outflow pipe. The pipe runs down the alleyway next to Sea Dog Restaurant, through the upper portion of the Public Landing parking area and out into the harbor at the base of the southerly-facing waterfall.

Digging and blasting on the harbor walkway will be part of daily life for downtown business owners on Main Street until the project moves up to Elm Street.

For drivers, the most visible feature is a barricade that blocks off parking on the east side of Main Street from the Sea Dog Restaurant to just before Marriner's Restaurant. MDOT seeks to maintain two-way traffic to the extent possible through the project, according to a press release.

Heavy equipment and materials, including enormous drain pipes and pre-cast manholes, were moved onto the Public Landing and staged at Tannery Park the week of October 26. Excavation began the week of Nov. 1.

MDOT project plans and schedule are posted on the town of Camden website.

Excavation takes place Nov. 9 on the harbor walkway connecting Main Street with the Public Landing. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A sign outside Sea Dog Restaurant smiles in the face of Main Street construction. The other side of the sign advertised $3 beer Nov. 6. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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