BAR HARBOR — A $14-million rebuild of state Route 3 from west of Hulls Cove to downtown will include upgrades to several intersections, a traffic light and new walking and biking opportunities.
The work is tentatively set to begin in 2015 and will encompass more than 4 miles of the aging roadway. Maine Department of Transportation project manager Paul MacDonald told people gathered in the municipal building for a public hearing Aug. 8 that whether the work will proceed in one season or over several years is still to be determined.
The rebuild of Route 3 will begin near Robbin’s Motel, on Ireson Hill west of Hulls Cove, where previous renovation work on the road ended approximately 15 years ago. From there, until the road ends at Mount Desert Street downtown, Route 3 will gain either four-or five-foot-wide, paved shoulders on either side for the entire distance. Travel lanes will be thinned slightly from 12 feet to 11 feet.
The road will stay largely on the same center line it has now. Only in two sections, near the bluffs and at a sharp curve at College of the Atlantic, will it shift slightly.
Park planner John Kelly said that there was no objection to building the path from the park, and the matter was not adequately addressed.
MDOT is now working on specific property impacts and is expected to return for another public hearing once these can be determined.