BAR HARBOR — A portion of Route 3 between Hulls Cove and Ireson Hill near the Pirate’s Cove mini golf course will be temporarily one-way beginning Monday, May 1. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Crooked Road.
The section of road affected by the change is the first of two sections of the Route 3 Reconstruction Project. The one-way loop detour allows drivers heading into Bar Harbor to proceed on Route 3 through the work areas, while drivers outbound from Bar Harbor will follow detour routes.
Southbound traffic on Route 3 will continue with travel restricted to one lane. The Maine Department of Transportation and its contractors are placing signs to guide drivers. All businesses and residences in the construction zone will remain accessible.
Route 3 between Hulls Cove and the downtown village will remain two-way. The planned Paradise Hill Road detour for that section will not to into effect until the Crooked Road Detour is no longer needed, likely not until 2018.
The DOT is advising drivers to plan ahead and allow a little more time for travel through the area.
Project Manager for the DOT Rhobe Moulton said, “We’ve been planning for this and working with people here a long time, and we all determined the continuous one-way loop detours would be the most effective way to keep traffic moving.”
When completed, the work will result in paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians, some new sidewalks will be constructed, and existing sidewalks will be upgraded to meet ADA standards. Safer crossings will be created with electronic crossing signs. A new multi-use path will be constructed along part of the roadway. The intersection at Mount Desert Street and West Street will be improved, as will overall drainage and runoff management. The Maine DOT invites Bar Harbor area residents, visitors and drivers to stay informed about the project by visiting the DOT website and by signing up for email alerts.