DURHAM – Drivers using Route 125, or Pinkham Brook Road, should allow extra travel time beginning Tuesday, April 20.

That’s when the Maine Department of Transportation plans to begin work on an improvement project at the intersection of Route 125 and Quaker Meetinghouse Road, said Timothy Storer, MDOT’s construction manager for the project.

Drivers can expect to encounter alternating one-way traffic at the intersection anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the next two months.

Plans call for lowering the hill on the intersection approach on the Quaker Meetinghouse Road and raising the grade of Route 125 at the intersection to improve sight distances at the intersection, Storer said.

The project also includes new drainage, curbing, safety improvements and pavement where necessary.

Route 125 is a heavily traveled road used by motorists going to and from Freeport and points beyond, as well as cars coming across Quaker Meetinghouse Road to and from Brunswick to the Lewiston-Auburn area. The intersection has been the scene of several serious accidents, including two fatal accidents in recent years.

Durham selectmen, who lobbied state officials for several years to install the blinking light to slow traffic at the intersection, are “very pleased” that the intersection is being rebuilt, Chairman Wesley Bennett said.

The contract for the project, which was awarded to CPM Constructors of Freeport on a bid of just under $399,000, calls for completion by late June.

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