Town looks to state for road repair

MOUNT DESERT — Two short sections of Route 102 in Somesville are in especially bad shape, and, according to Public Works Director Tony Smith, waiting until 2020, when the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to give the road a thin overlay of pavement, is too long.

He had wanted to pave the two sections using town funds, but even the lowest of the four bids he received for the work, $15,322, was considerably higher than he had anticipated.

The Board of Selectmen, at their meeting on Monday, accepted Smith’s recommendation not to spend town money to repair the state road.

“I plan to contact the DOT and offer to work together with them to make better repairs to the deteriorated areas than have been made,” he said in a memo to the board and Town Manager Durlin Lunt.

Smith said no work on Route 102 would be scheduled until “after the traffic volume drops off in the area after Labor Day.”

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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