Sidewalk to Shirt Tail Point comes into focus

Oct 11, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Building a sidewalk from Matthew John Avenue to Shirt Tail Point is back on the town of Camden's to-do list.

The plan to construct a sidewalk on the east side of Washington Street to Shirt Tail Point is back on track.

Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell announced in a recent report that she is working with Gartley & Dorsky Engineering and Surveying and the Maine Department of Transportation to complete the project to build a sidewalk from Matthew John Avenue to Shirt Tail Point, a popular swimming area on the Megunticook River. Officially, the project is called the Route 105 sidewalk extension.

DOT will fund 80 percent of the project, with the town of Camden responsible for 20 percent of the cost. The sidewalk project was approved by the Select Board in 2010, but was delayed by a number of right-of-way issues, according to Caler-Bell. According to minutes from June 2010, the town was saving money to build the sidewalk to Shirt Tail Point, and at that time had $32,528 in a Washington Street Sidewalk Extension Reserve Fund. The reserve fund currently contains around $35,000, according to Caler-Bell.

Gartley & Dorskey will complete the final design for the sidewalk, and DOT will finalize right-of-way negotiations and acquisitions. The sidewalk abuts about 22 residential properties on the east side of Route 105.

The hope is that both design and rights-of-way will be completed in time for the project to be scheduled for DOT's 2018 construction season, according to Caler-Bell. She said the cost of the project has not yet been determined.

Courier Publications reporter Susan Mustapich can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at smustapich@villagesoup.com.

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