Road widening, tree cutting on Route 1

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 27, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Road widening continues June 26 on a stretch of Route 1 in Warren.

Warren — The smell of fresh cut pine is evident as crews work along Route 1 in Warren, cutting trees and brush from the roadsides in preparation for Lane Construction Company to begin rebuilding.

Gary Pomeroy, Inc. out of Hermon has been subcontracted to haul away all of the debris, according to Ted Talbot, media spokesman for Maine Department of Transportation.

The $4.6 million project to rebuild 1.39 miles of road will go on as late into the fall as possible, then finish sometime next year.

The widening is being done to allow two-way traffic during construction, according to Talbot.

Much of the construction corridor was down to one lane the week of June 23, but traffic flowed right along.

Crews will not be working July 4 or Labor Day weekend.

"It's a painful process," said Warren Town Manager Elaine Clark June 26, "but it will be well worth it in the end."

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



Traffic was down to one lane the week of June 23 as road widening continues on Route 1 in Warren. The rebuilding project is slated to be completed sometime next year. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A subcontracted logging company from Hermon has been clearing trees and bushes from the roadside on Route 1 in Warren. This is part of the process to widen the road to allow two-way traffic during a rebuild of 1.39 miles. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Traffic was down to one lane June 26 while crews work to widen Route 1 between Sandy Shores Road and Route 73 in Warren. The wider road will allow two-way traffic during construction of 1.39 miles of pavement. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A subcontractor works at clearing the debris from cut trees along Route 1 in Warren. The road widening will allow for two-way traffic during rebuilding of the road. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Jun 28, 2014 16:40

theirs always beths

Posted by: Joanne L Richards | Jun 27, 2014 21:05

This work is sorely needed and will finally complete the project started 10 years ago.  Can't wait for the Thomaston portion to get underway.  This will make it hard for a while but worth it. But it wil be very hard on the small businesses on that stretch of road so please find a way to support the School House farm stand during this road work.  I sure will.



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