Jay tears down house to improve intersection

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Charles Haskell, a Jay Highway Department employee, uses an excavator Tuesday to demolish a house the town bought at the corner of Route 133 and Hyde Road to improve the intersection where there have been several accidents.

JAY — Highway workers Tuesday took down the house at the corner of Route 133 and Hyde Road to make way for intersection improvements. A public hearing on the plan was held Monday.

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

This drawing shows the intersection of Route 133 and Hyde Road in Jay. The Maine Department of Transportation plans to widen Route 133 to create a gentler slope of the road as the traffic comes around a corner from the Wilton area just before Hyde Road in Jay. There will be some ditching done and part of the property where the house the town bought and tore down Tuesday will be dug down to create a clearer line of visibility.  As you look at the drawing, if you were coming from Wilton, the house was on the right before the Route 133 and Hyde Road intersection.

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Charles Haskell, a heavy equipment operator at the Jay Highway Department, uses an excavator Tuesday to demolish a house the town bought at the corner of Route 133 and Hyde Road to improve the intersection where there have been several accidents.

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

Charles Haskell, a heavy equipment operator at the Jay Highway Department, uses an excavator Tuesday to demolish a house the town bought at the corner of Route 133 and Hyde Road to improve the intersection where there have been several accidents.

Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal

A house at the corner of Route 133 and Hyde Road in Jay was demolished Tuesday by the Jay Highway Department so safety improvements can be made to the intersection.

The town bought the vacant home, large barn and 3 or 4 acres on April 30 for $36,970.44. The money came from the $200,000 voters raised in the current budget to help make the intersection safer.

The Maine Department of Transportation and the town partnered on the $480,000 project. Part of the town's share is in-kind work, including demolishing the house and hauling the debris to Norridgewock, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said Tuesday.

DOT is going to cut nearly 2 feet off a small section of Route 133 and where the part of the house was to increase the line of sight, she said.

There have been 14 accidents at the intersection over the last five years, she said.

Brian Keezer, a DOT traffic project manager, said last week that they will be cutting back the slope on the northwest corner where the town recently purchased the property in order to increase sight distance looking left — north — as you pull out of Hyde Road.

“We’re also cutting the grade on Route 133 to the north of the intersection to also improve sight distance,” he said. The corner radius will be widened at Hyde Road so trucks turning right onto Route 133 will no longer have to cross into the northbound lane of Route 133, Keezer said.

“Drainage will also be improved by installing new riprapped ditches and replacing a couple existing culverts,” he said.

The DOT will wait a week to see if any more comments come in about the plan and then put the project out to bid, Cushman said.

Bids are expected to be opened in July and the work is expected to be completed by November, she said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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Randall Pond's picture

I think

It's a CARDINAL SIN! This Lovely Old Home had to be Destroyed! I don't see why it couldn't have been sold or given away to someone and been taken and a rebuilt in another location. But, Jay/Livermore Falls, Doesn't Do that. They Just Tear them down not caring One Thing for History at all.

Pretty soon there will be No Old Homes in Jay/Livermore Falls. They will be Torn down or burnt down. You people don't care that this home was a part of Your History.

You wanted this New Intersection and this Poor Old Home was in your Way and You Just Tore it Down. Down Right Shameful!

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