WILTON — Paving on Main and Depot streets and Maxwell Road planned for next week has been rescheduled to Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said.

The state highway project includes all of Main Street from the intersection with Route 2 at the bowling alley down through town, along the Maxwell Road to the Jay line. A section of Route 156, known as Depot Street, from the intersection with Route 2 to Academy Hill School will also be paved.

Because the Maine Department of Transportation normally does not pave parking spaces along the side of the downtown area, the town has covered the work so the whole road will be done at the same time, she said. The parking spaces are in front of stores and the post office, she said.

The MDOT will begin work on the intersection at Route 156 and Routes 2 and 4 next week, Irish said. It plans to extend raised traffic islands farther from the intersection. Each turning lane onto Route 156  from Routes 2 and 4 will narrow slightly, giving the effect of narrowing the intersection, Rhobe Moulton, project manager for MDOT, said previously. Paved shoulders on three of four corners will be enlarged, she said.

The project was awarded to Pratt & Sons Inc. of Mechanic Falls in June and is expected to be completed by fall. Pratt & Sons was the lowest bid at $696,805, according to the MDOT website.

MDOT responded to citizens’ ideas and concerns during a public hearing held in October 2013 after they presented plans for an overpass and roundabout as a response to the high rate of accidents at the intersection.

Lower speeds, warning lights and more signs were some less-costly improvements they wanted to see in the near future.  A flashing light has since been installed.


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