MDOT reps to hold meeting on bypass

11 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials with the Maine Department of Transportation will be in Presque Isle on Thursday, Dec. 19, for an informational public meeting on the proposed bypass.

Participants will discuss plans and construction stages for the project.
The event will be held at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center, 116 Main St., from 6-8 p.m.
The last meeting on the bypass was held July 19 and discussed the project, which, according to Project Manager II Paul MacDonald, is divided into three phases: Segment 1 is U.S. Route 1 in Westfield to the Conant Road in Presque Isle; Segment 2 is Conant Road to the Fort Road; and Segment 3 is the Fort Road, crossing the Aroostook River, then connecting back to U.S. Route 1 north of Presque Isle.
Phase 1 has received approval, with Segment 2 being the first constructed, according to MacDonald. He said due to financial constraints, the bypass will be constructed in three separate, buildable and usable phases.
“Phase 1 will involve the construction of Segment 2, Conant to the Fort Road, starting in 2015. Phase 2 will be the building of Segment 1, Route 1 near the Westfield town line to the Conant Road, beginning in 2018 — subject to the availability of construction funding. Phase 3 will be the construction of Segment 3 — Fort Road, across the Aroostook River, back to Route 1 — starting in 2022, which is also subject to the availability of funding,” explained MacDonald.
Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request.
Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of MacDonald, MDOT, Highway Program, 24 Child St., 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0016. For more information, call MacDonald at 624-3330 or e-mail paul.macdonald@maine.gov. For the final environmental impact study, visit www.vhb.com/aroostook. For the record of decision, visit www.maine.gov/mdot/planningstudies/documents/pdf/pi/PresqueIsleBypassROD.pdf.