State transportation adds pier repairs to wish list

Road and airport upgrades also proposed
By Stephen Betts | Jan 16, 2020
The Rockland Fish Pier.

The Maine Department of Transportation's list of proposed projects through 2022 in Knox County includes paving roads, upgrades at the airport, and an overhaul of Rockland's fish pier.

The projects, however, are contingent on what the construction bids come in at and the amount of money available.

The municipal-owned fish pier is set to be worked on this year, including rebuilding the pier with new floats and fenders. The estimated cost is $500,000.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said that the project s being paid with a combination of federal, state, and local monies.

North Main Street paving (from Broadway to Maverick Street) is proposed for 2020.

Paving of Camden Street is on the state list for 2021-2022. Paving of Route 1 in Rockland from the Thomaston line and slightly more than a mile east is also on the list as is South Main Street for 2021-2022.

Creating a park and ride lot on Rockland Street at the former Shafter-family junkyard is on the list for 2020-2021 for $293,000. The city manager said he does not expect that project to move ahead. He said the property is not zoned for a parking lot and the clean-up of the lot has yet to occur.

He said the state was interested in the project to relieve overcrowding at the parking lot nearby the Maine State Ferry Terminal. Luttrell said he does not see why the city would give up its property for the state's need for more parking.

Seven miles of Route 90 crossing Rockland, Warren, and Rockport is on the list.

A culvert project on Route 1 north of Waldo Avenue for $265,000 is in the plan for 2020-2021.

The Knox County Regional Airport has several projects including a security system for $520,000, a taxiway for aircraft that use hangars at a cost of $480,000, another $140,000 for work on the area where planes park, and snow removal equipment for $824,000. Another $2.9 million is on the list for 2020-2021 for reconstruction of the apron and drainage work.

Paving of Route 73 in Owls Head is planned for 2020 and more of the road in 2021-2022.

In South Thomaston, nearly 3 miles of Buttermilk Lane from Elm Street will be paved in 2020. More than 3 miles of Route 73 south of the Island Road is also on the list for 2020-2021.

Nearly 10 miles of Route 131 from Route 1 in Thomaston into St. George will be paved in 2020.

Work on the James Andrew Griffith Bridge that connects Warren and Thomaston on Route 1 is planned for 2021-2022.

Rehabilitation of the railroad bridge over the St. George River is on the state list.

In Warren, road work on nearly 10 miles of Route 97 into Cushing, more than a mile of paving on Main Street , and various culvert work are also on the state list.

In Union, paving on Wottons Mill Road, Route 235, Route 131, Common Road is on the list as is various culvert projects.

In Appleton, paving and culvert work on Route 131 is in the state plan.

In Hope, road paving and culvert work on Route 235 is also proposed.

In Camden, replacement of the Spring Brook bridge on Route 1 is on the list to be replaced at a cost of $3.67 million as is the replacement of the Great Brook Bridge on Route 1 for $883,000. Both are listed for 2020. Work on the bridge over the Megunticook River is also on the 2020 list.

Another Camden/Rockport project listed is construction of a sidewalk/trail for more than a third of a mile on Route 1 starting at the Quarry Hill Road and heading south.

Paving of the Colonel Stairs Road in Cushing extending to the Finntown Road is on the state list for 2020.

Construction of additional crew quarters on Vinalhaven is on the transportation department list for 2020 at a cost of $275,000.

Additional crew quarters on North Haven at a cost of $300,000 is also on the state's 2020 list.

Comments (1)
Posted by: George Terrien | Jan 16, 2020 14:52

Thank you, Steve, for orienting the reader to the location of each project by town!

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