BAR HARBOR — A total of $1.3 million in road and sidewalk reconstruction projects are set for this fall and the spring of 2015 as part of the town’s annual capital improvement program.
A number of town roads are set to be repaved, while a select number of downtown streets will be reconstructed entirely. The Hulls Cove end of Crooked Road also will be rebuilt this year.
Oliver and Center streets will be reconstructed this spring, with plans for construction to begin near the end of the month. The scope of work includes full-depth reconstruction, sewer improvements and replacement of sidewalks, storm drains, water mains and water service equipment.
Reconstruction of Ash Place also is planned, although because the road is private with public water mains, a right-of-way process must occur before the work can begin. The work will include full road reconstruction and replacement of sewer and water mains and sidewalks.
Cromwell Harbor Bridge is set to be replaced, and the pavement on Cromwell Harbor Road from Ledgelawn Avenue to the intersection with Route 3 restored. Because restrictions are in place regarding fish passage, scheduling the work during fall or spring is difficult, according to public works director Chip Reeves. Reeves is accordingly recommending the work be scheduled for July 2015.
The road will need to be closed between Ledgelawn Avenue and Route 3 while the bridge is being replaced. Plans are to grind down and replace pavement on the road, but a plan to overlay pavement is also being considered for this fall.
Public works last month began bidding out work on repaving the following roads: Clark Cove Road, County Road, Hadley Point Road, Sand Point Road, Indian Point Road, Crooked Road from Norway to Old Norway Drive, Mill Brook Road and Gilbert Farm Road from Knox to Crooked roads.
Other capital improvement projects set for this fall and winter include relining of storm drains on Lower Main Street and renovations at the comfort station at the town pier. Plans call for the restroom to be expanded into the old harbor master’s office, with construction likely to begin in November.