Sabattus wants turnpike interchange redone

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SABATTUS – The town is asking the Maine Department of Transportation to rebuild the turnpike interchange on Middle Road to make it safer.

Selectman Gino Camardese announced at Monday night’s board meeting a list of road projects the town would like to have done.

The interchange work includes extending the breakdown lane along the entire stretch of road to the town line to make travel for larger commercial vehicle safer.

Next in line is reconstruction of Main Street, Old Lisbon Road and Sabattus Road. Plans to place traffic signals with a new turning lane have been suggested to help reduce the traffic congestion during morning and afternoon commutes.

Camardese also said a four-way double flashing light is in the works for the intersection of Middle, Crowley and Bowdoinham roads.

No timetable has been placed on completing these projects, but Camardese said the Maine Department of Transportation has been looking much further down the road as well.

“They are looking to place a park-and-ride lot at the turnpike interchange,” he said. “They are planning on a 15-car lot for people to meet or carpool safely.”

Selectmen were told the town also is looking to fill vacancies on the Sabattus Lake Dam Commission and the Budget Committee. Those interested should contact the town clerk.

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