Night road work nixed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A request from the general contractor on the Main Street reconstruction project to be allowed to work both day and night for the next month or so was rejected by town officials Tuesday.

The board of selectmen agreed with town manager Don Lagrange that work should continue to be done only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Lagrange said R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction officials last week asked permission to switch to nighttime hours, but gave no reason for the request.

“But after talking to several people, I found out they still want to work days, so the traffic won’t be eased at all if they do this,” Lagrange told the board.

“They have some subcontractors who want to work days, and they want to do their box cuts [for utility installation] from Herrick Road to Seal Cove Road at night,” he said.

“We question the quality of work they would do at nighttime. And if they worked two shifts, we would need two inspectors, so we’re looking at another $15,000 to $20,000 in inspection fees.”

Lagrange suggested that the contractor could add a work crew during the day to get the job done. He said he still expects the project to be completed by next summer. The short-term goal is to get the base or binder coat of asphalt down before work stops for the winter in about a month. Before that can be done, “They have catch basins, cross-culverts and sidewalks to do,” Lagrange said.

He said the request to work day and night came from the contractor’s “home office,” not from the crew actually working on the project.

“Both foremen think they can get the job done,” he said.

He also said that Olver Associates, the engineering firm that is overseeing the project for the town, doesn’t think it’s necessary to work both day and night.

Selectman George Jellison said he was concerned about nighttime construction noise.

“I think we still have to remember the people who are living in this area,” he said. “There may not be that many, but there are some elderly people, and that’s one of my concerns.”

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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