DOT to seek turn lane bids

MOUNT DESERT — Solicitation of construction bids for the turn lane and traffic light project at the intersection of Routes 3 and 102 in Somesville has been pushed back about two weeks.

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has moved the bid advertise date from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13.

But DOT project manager Aurele Gorneau said Tuesday it is still possible that some of the work could start this fall, depending on the weather and the winning bidder’s other commitments. However, he said the project will not be completed until next spring.

It involves adding a turn lane so that fewer drivers traveling north on Route 102 who wish to turn right onto Route 3/198 (Sound Drive) will have to wait in a long line of traffic for the light to turn green. That is a common problem, especially in mid-to-late afternoon on weekdays in the summer, when traffic is sometimes backed up more than a mile.

The turn lane will be about 200 feet long and 11 feet wide, with a two-foot shoulder and a rebuilt sidewalk. The flagpole and flower bed installed by the Somesville Village Improvement Society at the southeast corner of the intersection will not have to be moved.

The project will include installation of a pedestrian traffic signal. Pedestrians wishing to cross Route 102 will be able to push a button, and a digital display will tell them how many seconds they have to cross. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, there also will be an audible signal for the visually impaired.

The entire project, which is being paid for with a combination of federal and state funds, is expected to cost about $450,000.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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