Final Route 1 construction update released

Dec 03, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham

Thomaston — The Maine Department of Transportation announced that Lane Construction will be working on the Route 1 construction in Thomaston throughout December as long as weather conditions make it feasible.

This work consists of finishing sidewalks, loam/seeding and cleanup.

The only new work will be modifications to the new traffic signal on the corner of Beechwood and Main streets.

In the spring, they will return to examine and replace as needed loam/seeding and any minor work that must be completed after the winter.

Regarding the James Griffith Bridge work that was added to Lane’s contract, in the spring of 2018 Lane will overlay Route 1 and upgrade the guardrail by the bridge to complete that section of work.

Questions, problems, or concerns over the winter should be directed to Audrey Lovering at or 899-6925.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Dec 07, 2017 09:43

Thank you Mr. Thomaston for the most comprehensive update on the construction project in your fair town. Your article is ripe with current, even, almost up to the minute information. I would suggest that you go to the school department and get one of the computer geniuses to help with that programming. Or, see if the DOT will install all new lights, must be extra money in that budget. As always Peter, you astound me with your thoughtful updates.

Posted by: PETER LAMMERT | Dec 07, 2017 08:54

As you can see from the picture above, the crew from Nitram Construction is working on landscaping the areas that were disturbed during Thomaston's Big Dig. On other places along Rt 1, Lane Construction crews are doing the final grading on sidewalks to allow Dugas Construction to pave them. The town, as I understand it, will not remove snow from the sidewalks that are not paved. Something about the snowblower not liking to "eat" rocks.

There are still a few things that need doing like adding the ADA required bumpy panels before side road crossing from Rt 1, and they will probably be done next spring.

Also, this reminder, anyone in the left turn lane coming out of Beechwood Street and heading toward Rockland and anyone turning right out of Knox Street , heading toward Rockland, be sure your neck is pliable enough to look up above the regular traffic control signals to the set of signals controlling those turns.

And by the way, is there any IT, or electrical engineering person out there available to reprogram the traffic signals at this intersection? Seems when the signals are put on blinking yellow, the pedestrian crosswalk signals are incapacitated.I just cannot believe that the company that makes these signals cannot figure out how to do this programming. Pedestrians, get your running shoes on !!!

Regards and except for vehicular crashes, enjoy a two way Rt. 1 all winter.

Pete Lammert

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