ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Two sewer projects, one of which will reduce parking and temporarily eliminate the Island Explorer bus stop at Sieur de Monts Spring, are on the park’s construction schedule for this year.
Starting in early September, crews will remove the underground septic system at Sieur de Monts and install a new sewer line along the Park Loop Road to connect to the Bar Harbor sewage treatment plant, according to Keith Johnson, the park’s chief of facilities management.
“One-third of the parking spaces will remain open to the public, bus traffic will be prohibited [and] Island Explorer will stop on request along the Park Loop Road … during the construction period,” Johnston said. “The Abbe Museum and Nature Center will remain open.”
He said the project is to be completed by May 27 next year.
At the same time, early September through late May, construction crews will rehabilitate the septic system at Seawall Campground. The Seawall picnic area will not be affected. But the campground, which usually is open from late May until the end of September, will close about three weeks early.
“Blackwoods Campground will keep all [camping] loops open through Columbus Day to assist with accommodating displaced campers,” Johnston said.
Acadia’s construction schedule also includes repair of a carriage road retaining wall between Wildwood Stables and Jordan Pond Gate House that collapsed last winter. That project is scheduled for this July through September.
In August and September, construction crews will repair masonry on the bridge over Duck Brook on Paradise Hill Road.
“The work will include repair of the internal lighting and inspection of the walkways,” Johnston said. “Traffic over the bridge will be restricted to one lane, with traffic lights or flaggers during periods of work. The goal is to complete these repairs in advance of the Route 3 construction.”
Reconstruction of Route 3 from Ireson Hill to Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor is expected to begin sometime this fall. An exact start date has not been set.