South Main Street sewer/road work won't begin before fall

By Stephen Betts | Apr 11, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts The section of Main Street in Rockland from Pleasant Street to the railroad crossing by Thomaston Street is scheduled for a major overhaul.

Rockland — The big question remaining on a long-planned upgrade to sewer and storm water lines on the road known as South Main Street is when will the work be done.

Business owners and residents along the section of Main Street commonly known as South Main were given an update Tuesday, April 10, on the long-stalled major upgrade to that road.

The earliest that work will begin will be this fall, said wastewater treatment plant Director Terry Pinto. He said the starting date will depend on when utility companies can relocate their poles and lines.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said the city is still hoping for a fall 2018 project.

"We are working with the utilities on moving poles and wires, so we should find out soon when that will happen," Luttrell said.

If the city work cannot be done this fall, it will be done in the fall of 2019, Pinto said.

The city project will result in existing sewer piping being lined without the necessity of tearing up the road, Pinto said. A new, separate storm water line will be installed on the west side of the street near the existing curbs.

New sidewalks will then be built on that side of the street.

The work will be done from Pleasant Street to the railroad crossing near the Thomaston Street intersection and will take three months to complete

The estimated cost of the city project is $1.3 million. Pinto said he has been able to reduce the cost of the project substantially with plans to line existing sewers, rather than placing new sewer lines.

Residents of the South End and motorists who drive down South Main have been waiting for years for the work to be done so that the road can be paved.

The sewer upgrade has been in the planning process since 2003.

The Maine Department of Transportation has been planning to pave the the entire stretch of South Main to the Owls Head line, but has held off until the city completed its work.

In April 2017, the City Council voted 3-1 to ask the state transportation department to hold off paving the road that summer because the city was planning to undertake the sewer work. The vote meant the paving would not be done until 2019.

The state has been planning to pave Camden Street at the same time as South Main.

A delay in the sewer work this year could also delay that paving.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Joe Patten | Apr 12, 2018 16:38

It's been 15 years since the funds were approved and they haaven't been spent? Terry Pinto and Tom Lutrell need to do some serious public outreach because this is turning into a fiasco. The Council has been no help either. Let's see a timeline of work to be done and of how we got in this mess, why it slid for 15 years. Camden St is hostage to this project??

Handy to have the utilities to blame for any delay.

Maine Water plans new mains on So Main St


Posted by: judith wenzel andersen | Apr 12, 2018 10:28

South Maine Street is dangerous, as everyone weaves around to avoid potholes or slows down abruptly. There will be accidents.Also getting tired of realignments and rattles. Please at least skim coat now please, while awaiting the never ending delays in definitive repair.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Apr 12, 2018 08:24

The money hasn't been spent, that is what will be paying for the work when it is done.

Posted by: Joe Patten | Apr 12, 2018 07:55

Please put a skim coat of paving over the existing right now this spring. I agree with Richard that some serious light needs to be shone on the Pinto's wastewater department. Where's a real investigative reporter when we need one? How was the 2003 bond money that was allocated for storm water separation spent?

Posted by: Ian Emmott | Apr 12, 2018 06:32

Define irony... this city takes people’s property and declares it a public hazard in warp speed. The demo is done and the bill in the mail in less than a week. Meanwhile it’s own roads are a public hazard and it takes 20 years to fix.

Posted by: Peter Hill | Apr 11, 2018 21:58

So why is Camden Street being held hostage to the South Main project? It's a mess! It's the northern entrance to the city. Take care of it!

Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Apr 11, 2018 18:13

pave it first...then redo the sewer and water lines.  That's the way we usually do it around here!

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Apr 11, 2018 16:46

Richard please stop being so negative, that is my job, and I get paid handsomely for it. You see every time I say something that is the truth, and we have our sources don't we, I get hate mail (which I enjoy) and comments from spineless individuals who use those cute little names because they are afraid of the boggieman, I guess. In competence and management blunders are mainstay in Rocklandia. Look at Mt Demo. What a stinker that is.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 11, 2018 15:49

Sounds like that work may not be complete until 2020. WHY??

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Apr 11, 2018 14:45

The state transportation department plans on paving all of South Main Street once the city work along a section of the road is done.

Posted by: Gary W. Skarka | Apr 11, 2018 14:30

Something needs to be done with the paving along the whole stretch of South Main in the City of Rockland.  The wheels on my SUV practically shake off when driving over it!

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 11, 2018 14:15

It is time for new leadership in the wastewater department. If you check back you will see a lot of work was not done that we were informed had been. You can get this info from former public works employees in the know. Lining old sewer lines!! Give us a break. Hope someone checks back in old records and see if I am correct in my assessment. If wrong, I apologize.


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