LEWISTON — The city and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center could share costs of Campus Avenue roadwork this summer.
Public Services Director David Jones said the city has set aside $149,000 in storm water fees to build a storm sewer separation along Campus Avenue between Sabattus and Lafayette streets on the southeast and Golder Street and the hospital’s emergency room entrance on the northwest.
St. Mary’s plans to do pavement work along the road as well, part the hospital’s $25.5 million expansion at 95-97 Campus Ave.
“The crews are already going to be there, and we’ll be doing the same work,” said Mike Grimmer, director of facilities at St. Mary’s.
Grimmer and Jones presented the plans and joint development agreement to councilors at a workshop meeting Tuesday night. Jones said he hopes to present a joint development agreement to city councilors at their next meeting Tuesday, March 16.
Part of the work will involve narrowing the road in places, especially at crosswalks. The hospital also plans on adding more landscaping on both sides of the street.
“Basically, this is a raceway from Sabattus Street up,” Grimmer said. “We usually have at least one incident each year where someone accidentally hits a pedestrian trying to cross in one of our crosswalks.”
But Grimmer told councilors the hospital will not be installing speed bumps or raised crosswalks to slow drivers.
“We have a lot of ambulances that use that area, as well,” he said. “They’ve asked us not to use traffic tables or raised pavement.”
Grimmer said the plan also eliminates about 12 on-street parking spaces on both sides of the street.
“We’re really trying to encourage our employees to use assigned parking spaces and leave those on the street for our patients and visitors,” Grimmer said.
Jones told councilors doing the work with St. Mary’s will reduce the city’s costs