Main Street work is nearly a wrap

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Much to the relief of residents and business owners here, the end of the Main Street construction project is in sight.

Town Manager Don Lagrange said this week that the contractor, R.F. Jordan & Sons of Ellsworth, is completing a “punch list” of items that engineers in a recent site walk identified as needing completion. Most notably, five or six of the storm drains and manhole covers are too low and must be raised, he said.

“It should be done in a week to 10 days,” Lagrange said Monday.

Work began on the estimated $3.1 million Main Street reconstruction project in September 2013. About three-quarters of a mile of roadway from the Seal Cove Road to Wesley Avenue was rebuilt. Sidewalks were reconstructed and water and sewer lines replaced.

In another Main Street-related matter, Lagrange said three of the four permits for vendors using the turnout at Manset Corner have been issued. Selectmen voted last month to limit the number of vendors using the turnout on any one day through the permit system.

Safety was the primary concern in instituting the system, Lagrange said. The turnout attracts sightseers as well as people stopping to purchase items from the vendors. Its proximity to the busy intersection of Main Street and the Seawall and Bass Harbor roads makes the location especially hazardous.

“When something gets out of control, you have to control it,” Lagrange said.

The annual permits are $30 and allow that particular vendor to set up shop in the turnout from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. either on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The remaining permit is for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday slot, Lagrange said.

The permits have been issued to a fish dealer, a pie seller and an artist.

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