Councilors unsure of MDOT ideas for Lisbon Street

LEWISTON — A plan to narrow Lisbon Street as it passes Plourde Parkway had some councilors skeptical Tuesday night.

Engineers from the Maine Department of Transportation outlined several tweaks to the Lisbon Street-Plourde Parkway corridor designed to make it safer and smoother. Project Manager Paul MacDonald said the changes could be included in plans to repave the area in 2015.

"When you look at the impacts of all the alternatives, they all give you the capacity to handle the growth of traffic we forecast for the Plourde Parkway corridor," said Ed Hanscom, Maine Department of Transportation engineer.

Hanscom said engineers counted 18 accidents per year along the corridor at three locations — the two ramps that connect eastbound Lisbon Street to Plourde Parkway and at the looping ramp connecting Plourde with westbound Lisbon Street.

The state's favorite solution would be to reduce Lisbon Street to one lane in either direction between Quimby Street and the looping westbound ramp. That would give cars entering Lisbon Street a better opportunity to flow into traffic.

Plans also call for a traffic light on Plourde Parkway at the intersection with the eastbound Lisbon Street ramps.

The changes should cut the number of accidents from 18 per year to 10 while increasing delays slightly for drivers.

Councilors Mark Cayer and Donald D'Auteuil said they were unsure about narrowing Lisbon Street.

"I'm struggling with the idea of reducing any section of Lisbon Street to one lane, when it's four lanes in one direction and four lanes in the other," Cayer said.

D'Auteuil agreed.

"You go from four to two, to four to two, bang, bang, bang, back and forth," D'Auteuil said. "I think that would be confusing."

MacDonald said the state is still designing the project and wanted to get feedback from councilors on the designs.

"I think we'd like a little time to absorb what you've given us," Cayer said. "Then, I think we'd like to meet with staff. Maybe two or three weeks would be good."

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Abdi Hassan's picture

Auburn

Auburn roundabout near Walmart is very danger & confusing!.It takes me good 10 seconds to figure out which direction to go to.

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It is definitely a foolish

It is definitely a foolish idea to reduce the lanes on outer Lisbon St. given the fact that it is a heavily driven area, all you would be doing was taking an area that is unclogged and making it clogged with traffic. Will it slower the traffic, yes. Will it also in turn back traffic up, yes. The issue isn't with Lisbon St. the issue is with the ramps, if they would work on the configuration of I-95 and the ramps that feed into Lisbon St. you'd more then likely fix the issue regarding traffic accidents or at least make them fewer as this article states.

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MDOT ideas are not well though out

trying to be nice in my thoughts since this public. MDOT idea of narrowing the lanes on Lisbon St. is idiotic. i agree, hang up the hats and go home, find another job that best suits that thinking, like driveway and swimming pool designs.

the mess auburn has created with those round abouts should send a loud a message ... the public doesnt want your ideas.

DANNY FITZSIMMONS's picture

considering

considering the current designs these experts have done really they should all hang up their hats and call it a day and find another job they are more suited for maybe trash collector or ironically a tow truck driver who cleans up after their plans. Question is how much more can these morons do to mess up Lisbon street I mean really haven't they done enough already, far as I am concern they should all give their resignations or be fired as they are totally useless, and don't hire anyone coming from the same school as it is plain that school does not teach common sense!

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