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Rte. 102 paving project begins



PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

The message of this sign, which has been on Route 102 at Fernald Point Road in Southwest Harbor since early this summer, is now true. The resurfacing project is starting this week.

MOUNT DESERT — Having finished resurfacing a 1.8-mile section of Route 3 in Trenton at the end of last week, Lane Construction crews have now moved on to Route 102 in Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor.

The 4.5-mile stretch from Pretty Marsh Road to Fernald Point Road will have a “shim” layer of pavement applied over the next two months. All work on the travel lanes will be done entirely at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The project is to be completed by Oct. 24.

Over the past couple of weeks, construction crews have been widening and paving the shoulder of the road at the ends of a number of guardrails in preparation for replacing the rails’ end sections.

“The present end treatments are out of date,” said Rob Clewley, a Maine Department of Transportation project manager. “The guardrails flare out at the end, and the last few posts are wood. If you were to crash into them not quite head on, there’s the possibility of plowing down some posts and the guardrail coming straight through your vehicle.

“With the new end treatments, the end of the guardrail would curl around away from the vehicle,” Clewley said. “It’s still not good for the vehicle, but what happens to the guardrail is a lot better for the vehicle.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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