Comprehensive work on Route 1 in downtown Wiscasset — from the Fort Hill Street/Federal Street intersection to the Donald E. Davey bridge — as well as along Railroad Avenue, began last June and is expected to be completed by this October. The work takes place during overnight hours in order to minimize impact on traffic, and all businesses are open and accessible during the project. Normal work hours on the project are Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

According to MaineDOT, this month’s work schedule includes pavement removal, which began on Tuesday, on Main Street and Water Street (north). Beginning Sunday night, May 5, the contractor will begin excavating Main Street, removing approximately two feet of dirt and replacing it with new subbase gravel. The work will begin at the railroad tracks and proceed westerly to Walker Street. Excavation and gravel operations should happen on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, May 5, 6 and 7. Fine grading is expected to happen on Wednesday night, May 8, and placement of the new asphalt base is expected to happen on Thursday night, May 9.

During the week of May 12 through May 18, excavation of Main Street from Water Street to Middle Street will continue on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights, May 12, 13 and 14. Fine grading will happen on Wednesday night, May 15, with asphalt base placement on Thursday night, May 16. During the week of May 19 through May 25, the same procedure will continue on Main Street from Middle Street to Federal Street.

MaineDOT anticipates that — barring any bad weather, breakdowns, or unforeseen discoveries under the roadway — the first layer of new pavement should be in place on Main Street by Memorial Day weekend.

The full scope of MaineDOT’s Wiscasset Route 1 improvement project includes the following work:

• Main Street (Route 1) — Full road reconstruction; new, wider brick sidewalks; sidewalk lighting; granite bollard posts and chains; renovated stairways and railings; sidewalk bump-outs to assist with the new pedestrian crossing areas; new traffic signals at the intersection of Middle and Main streets and at the intersection of Water and Main streets

• Railroad Avenue — Full road reconstruction of Railroad Avenue up to Lincoln Street; new parallel parking spots; a new parking lot with a retaining wall, two bus parking stalls, paved sidewalks, bollard lighting and a black chain link fence; and spot drainage improvements

• Water Street — Rehabilitation and partial reconstruction of Water Street North, including reconstructed sidewalks from Main Street to Lincoln Street

• Creamery Wharf — Repaving and restriping.

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