Intersection under scrutiny for directional dilemma

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 04, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The intersection under fire from area residents, as seen heading east on Route 1 in Waldoboro Oct. 3.

Waldoboro — Area residents have expressed much concern on social media regarding the ongoing confusion at the intersection of routes 1 and 220.

The Maine Department of Transportation project has been under way for several months, and the turning lanes have changed several times -- creating the confusion.

Town Manager Julie Horner Keizer said she had been in touch with the engineer from DOT and was assured that safety is the top priority.

The afternoon of Oct. 3, Keizer met with Police Sgt. Jamie Wilson and the engineer from DOT and expressed residents' concerns.

"Sgt. Wilson had spent some of the morning watching the traffic flow," Keizer said in her Facebook response, adding that the engineer had also been at the intersection watching the the traffic flow.

"The DOT is taking our concerns under advisement, and I am following up," she said, noting that the lines should be installed by the end of the week, which she said DOT believes will help a lot.

"The issue appears to be that with the new turning lane being the center lane, turning cars {turning either north or south onto Route 220 from Route 1} are coming at each other and it's very awkward," Keizer said.

Rebecca Smith Waddell said on Facebook Oct. 2 that "if the painted stop lines are respected, and caution used until lights go up, hopefully everyone stays safe. Just go slow and be alert."

She also said she had been pulled over one night because she took the turn onto Route 220 the way she was expecting the lines to be painted.

"The officer wanted to make sure I wasn't driving impaired, because I didn't make a sharp turn," Waddell said.

Keizer said the lines will be painted first, then lights are the next option.

Several people noted there should be turn signals similar to those installed by Hannaford at the intersection of routes 1 and 32.

As Route 1 is a DOT road, Keizer said the town can make suggestions and ask questions, but DOT has the final say.

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

The intersection under fire, as seen heading west on Route 1 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The intersection under fire, as seen heading south on Route 220 in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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