NEW PORTLAND – Drivers using Route 27 in New Portland should be alert to highway maintenance workers on Wednesday, Sept. 3, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

“We’re going to be making repairs to an automated traffic data collection station on Route 27 about two-tenths of a mile south of the Kingfield-New Portland town line,” said Deborah Morgan of MDOT’s Traffic Engineering Section, where the work is being coordinated.

“We need to replace the water-tight seal that protects the sensors and loops in the pavement,” she said. “This site is part of our statewide network of data collection sites which provide us traffic-related information used in planning future highway improvements and for tracking travel trends around the state.”

Morgan said the repairs will require closing one lane of Route 27 at a time, so motorists should expect slowdowns in the vicinity of the work.

Morgan said the work is weather dependent and if crews get rained out on Wednesday, the work will be rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4.

She urged drivers to slow down as they approach the work area and be prepared to stop.

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