BAR HARBOR — Substantial reconstruction of Mount Desert Street is being planned for the coming spring, according to the town’s updated capital work program.
While the degraded pavement is under repair, the bulk of the water and sewer lines under the road, some dating as far back as the early 1900s, will be removed and replaced, public works director Chip Reeves told town councilors earlier this month.
Also newly set for the spring is the reconstruction of Highbrook Road from Route 3 to Bloomfield Road. This project will involve installing new water system connections at the intersection with Route 3.
The projects join others planned for this year, including reconstruction of Oliver and Center streets, Ash Place, and portions of Cromwell Harbor Road, including the Cromwell Harbor Bridge.
The estimated cost of some of the projects is being held back in the hopes of gaining competitive bids, Reeves told councilors. The capital works budget estimates total well over $2.3 million in spending to complete projects this year.
Plans are for that baseline level of spending to continue over the next five years as a number of capital projects are completed.
Next year’s capital work plans focuses solely on the Route 3 reconstruction project, which is expected to get underway in the spring of 2016. The road is a state highway, and as such, the $14 million rebuild is being paid for and supervised by the Maine Department of Transportation. However, the town will be replacing locally owned water and sewer utilities beneath the road, as well as potentially expanding the range of such services. Plans call for spending at least $2.5 million on the project. Much of the money will come from water and sewer system rate payers.
Fiscal year 2017 envisions pavement, sidewalk and underground water and sewer work on Rodick Street, Wayman Lane, Livingston Road and Cottage Street, while fiscal year 2018 includes plans for work on Atlantic Avenue, Derby Lane, Des Isle Avenue and Stephens Lane.