Sidewalk design work begins

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Engineers have begun the design of a sidewalk and bike path along a section of Main Street and are expected to complete their work in time to submit the plan at the end of August for consideration for a grant from the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Town Manager Don Lagrange told selectmen of the development in his report on the status of the proposed project at a June 14 selectmen’s meeting.

In May, selectmen voted to spend $49,000 for the design work, which is being done by Olver Associates of Winterport.

The 1,423-foot-long sidewalk and bike lane are to run between The Village at Ocean’s End and a spot about 350 feet north of Apple Lane. In approving the money for the design, selectmen agreed it was not safe to walk or ride a bike along this stretch of Main Street.

There are about 10 utility poles that will have to be relocated before construction. Olver already has discussed the need to move the poles with Emera and Fairpoint, Lagrange said.

The estimated total cost of the project, not including the design fees, is $575,476. If the town is approved for the MDOT grant, the state would cover 70 percent of the cost.

The grants are awarded in January. If the town gets approved, the earliest construction would begin is the fall of 2017, with completion in the spring of 2018, Lagrange said.

Lagrange also updated selectmen on the disposal of sludge from the sewer and water district’s wastewater treatment plant. Since the first of the year, when the district took over operations from the town, there has been a substantial decrease in the cost of disposal.

For the first six months of 2015, disposing of the sludge cost $18,582. For the same period this year, the cost was $5,570. The savings is the result of proper operation of the plant, Lagrange said. Water was not being taken out of the sludge, thereby increasing the weight and the cost.

The launch ramp at the Manset Town Dock is about to get about 10 feet wider. About $1,250 is to be withdrawn from a capital improvement program and used to obtain permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. According to Lagrange, John Goodwin Jr. Construction has offered to do the work at no charge. Another company is considering donating materials, Lagrange said.

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