Friday, March 25, 2011

Area Legislators Announce Reconstruction of Route 1 and Route 9

Senator Ron Collins (R-Wells) and Representative Kathy Chase (R-Wells) were pleased to recently learn that road maintenance projects have been planned and are scheduled to begin this summer for sections of both Route 1 and Route 9 in Wells.
The Route 1 project, which will include paving and drainage improvements for 0.9 miles between Route 9 and Harriseckett Road, is scheduled to begin July 5, with a completion date of August 27, 2011. This project has been awarded to Pike Industries of Lewiston, Maine.
The second project will include paving and safety improvements of 1.2 miles of Route 9, between Homestead Drive and the northerly intersection of Depot Street. Work is scheduled to begin after May 9, 2011 and will be completed by June 18, 2011. Because of the nature of the maintenance that needs to done, this work will be performed at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
“Maine winters can cause havoc on our roadways, and the roads in Wells are no exception. There are several roads throughout my district that need repair,” said Sen. Collins. “I am pleased to see the beginning of these projects being scheduled and hope to see many more this spring. As Senate chair of the Transportation Committee, I know that this problem is widespread throughout the state.”
Rep. Chase said the Route 1 stretch has been a problem for some time. “It’s the number one question asked by motorists who drive that part of the road,” she said. “I’m glad they are paying attention to our concerns. And these projects come on top of the rebuild of Route 109 between the turnpike and the town line that we worked so hard to get. It’s good to see some highway investment coming to Wells.”
The Route 109 project, announced in January of this year, addresses nearly 4.5 miles of Route 109 in Wells. The first phase of construction will begin this spring and is due for completion by October 2012.
Sen. Ron Collins represents Maine State Senate District 2 which includes the York County towns of Acton, Berwick, Cornish, Lebanon, Limerick, Newfield, North Berwick, Parsonsfield, Shapleigh, and Wells.