The coast is clear

It has been two years of bone-jarring potholes, mud, dust, noise and delays. And now that it is over, most residents of Southwest Harbor undoubtedly will agree that the reconstruction of Main Street, with its smooth pavement and new water and sewer lines, has been worth it.

Difficult to acknowledge when being inconvenienced in the here and now are the long-term benefits of such a project. While the frowns may have been frequent in the last year or two, the smiles of satisfaction at having a first-class road and infrastructure will last for decades to come.

Southwest Harbor’s unique geography, with a single main artery precluding any chance of a major detour, made the project even longer. The townspeople are fortunate that project engineers, Maine Department of Transportation representatives, contractors and town officials were able to work so well together, making disruption as painless as possible.

With the repaving of Route 102 from Somesville to Southwest Harbor, and the new Main Street, Southwest Harbor now offers convenient access for commerce to and from the town.

For those who may have steered clear during the turmoil, there’s just one message – come on back, the coast is clear!

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