Road rebuild discussed

TREMONT – Engineers Wednesday discussed the upcoming reconstruction of the Tremont Road from the Tremont Consolidated School to the Burnt Hill Road.

The $900,000 project is to go out bid in May with construction on track to begin in June, according to Noel Musson, who along with Greg Johnston is engineer for the project. Under the bid specifications, the contractor has until the end of December to complete the work.

The .4-mile stretch is to be completely rebuilt; the current road bed isn’t satisfactory, Johnston said. The project is to have a sidewalk and a three-foot wide paved shoulder, which he also said would serve as a bike lane.

To minimize traffic delays, one-way traffic will be maintained at all times and the work would be done in 300-foot sections, Johnston said. Although he couldn’t guarantee that work wouldn’t occur on weekends, he said there would be no work at night. Some blasting is required.

The project is being done under a Municipal Partnership Agreement between the town and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT). Voters at the May 2013 town meeting authorized entering into the agreement and approved $420,000 for the town’s share of the project.

Under the agreement, the town is to pay the total cost of the road rebuild and contract to have the work done. The MDOT is to reimburse the town a maximum of $360,000 to be paid in three equal installments: when the job is one-third complete, two-thirds complete and at completion.

Four people, including the chairman of the board of selectmen, Kathi Thurston, attended the meeting at the town office.

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