MDOT outlines Route 1 construction

May 07, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham A crew from Lane Construction works on sidewalks in the area of Roxbury and Main streets in Thomaston.

Thomaston — The Maine Department of Transportation has released the following construction schedule for Route 1 in Thomaston:

Monday, May 7

• Detectable Warning fields – Various Sidewalks

• Pavement Markings – Project wide

Tuesday, May 8

• Detectable Warning fields – Various Sidewalks

• Pavement Markings – Project wide

Wednesday, May 9

• Detectable Warning fields – Various Sidewalks

• Pavement Markings – Project wide

Thursday, May 10

• Detectable Warning fields – Various Sidewalks

• Pavement Markings – Project wide

• Pave Shim, Toll Bridge Road to Rourte 97

Friday, May 11

• Detectable Warning fields – Various Sidewalks

Saturday, May 12

• Inslope and Ditch work Toll Bridge Road to Route 97.

Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15

• Loam Wadsworth to School Street

• Punch list various locations

Wednesday, May 16

• Loam South of the Alley to Booker Street

• Punch list various locations

• Butt Joints Bridge

Thursday, May 17

• Loam Booker Street to Ship Street

• Paving Surface Main Line, Toll Bridge Road to Route 97

• Punch list various locations

Friday, May 18

• Loam Ship Street to Shibles Lane

• Paving Surface Shoulders, Toll Bridge Road to Route 97

Saturday, May 19

• Pipe work Toll Bridge Road to Bridge

(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: PETER LAMMERT | May 08, 2018 08:11

"Detectable Warning Fields" are cast iron plates about a half inch thick and 18" square, that are embedded into the sloping ends of the sidewalk where the sidewalk meets a roadway. There are always two of these plates, and in Thomaston, I have seen three of them side by each on some of the wider sidewalk/roadway intersections.

Each plate is covered with cast, raised half rounds, which, when struck by the cane of a person suffering eye problems, the vibration of the ball on the end of the cane, will resonate up the handle of the cane to alert the user that they are about to cross a road.

Also a note to Thomaston residents who are trying to use the traffic lights to cross roads in the Rt. 1, Beechwood Street, Knox Street intersection: when the traffic lights are set on blinking in the late afternoon, the pedestrian lights, that stop traffic on these roads, do not work.

I am presently looking for a high school student, who is good in electronics, to assist the AD Electric Co. to figure out how to reprogram the lights so they do work for the pedestrian crossings when the lights are on blink.

Also when you do press the button on the pedestrian crossing control boxes, the first word you might be able to hear, because of traffic noise, is "WAIT" but if you hang around the post where the box is fastened to hear "the rest of the message," then you will run out of seconds to cross the road.

One other thing, if you know that Rt 1 runs almost due East and West through Thomaston, the item above on Wednesday, May 16th,"Loam SOUTH of the Alley to Booker Street" would mean they are going to loam Rt 1 ! It should read loaming WESTERLY to Booker Street.

Hang on good citizens of Thomaston and commuters driving thru. The Speed Radar spy eye is at work slowing traffic down. It will be a coming attraction to another location very soon.

Regards, Pete Lammert



Posted by: Peter Hill | May 07, 2018 22:11

OK, what are "Detectable Warning fields" ?



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