Midcoast lens: Spring comes in like a dump truck

By Dan Otis Smith | Apr 11, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Route 1 between Gilchrest and Fish streets was reduced to one lane of traffic April 10 as crews excavate sidewalks on one side of the street.

Thomaston — After some scheduled preparation, crews were at work on Route 1 in Thomaston April 10 and 11. A section of Route 1 coming into Thomaston from the east was reduced to one-lane traffic between Gilchrest and Fish streets as crews excavate sidewalks. Businesses downtown are accessible, but drivers passing through Thomaston should expect delays.

According to a Department of Transportation schedule, excavations are also planned on the other side of town, near where Route 131 intersects Route 1, though there was no apparent work going on early this week.

Work is scheduled in both of these areas for the next two weeks. Selectman Pete Lammert said in March that one-lane traffic with occasional stoppages could be expected during the coming months.

Thomaston Police Department issued a warning April 10 that it would be extra vigilant about speeding on side streets where Route 1 drivers may go to avoid construction.

“Please respect the speed limits. We will have extra enforcement out and summonses will be issued. We received many complaints last summer with vehicles taking shortcuts to go around the construction,” wrote Sgt. Tim Hoppe. “Remember these neighborhood side streets have children and families walking and riding their bicycles.”

A construction sign warns drivers coming into Thomaston. Traffic was reduced to one lane on part of Route 1 in Thomaston April 10 and 11. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham )
Drivers can expect a line-up on at least one part of Route 1 between Gilchrest and Fish streets. Delays seemed to vary widely, from fewer than five to more than 45 minutes. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 11, 2017 14:12

And it is a quicker route!

Posted by: Paula Freeman | Apr 11, 2017 12:38

Back to Route 90!!! 

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