WEST PARIS – Town officials learned this week that the cost of rebuilding Main Street next summer has gone up $80,000.

The Maine Department of Transportation notified that the town the project is expected to cost $250,000 because of a sharp increase in the materials prices.

Town Manager Donald Woodbury said the town’s share will be $82,600, not the $56,100 it had planned on.

“It’s a major jump,” he said, “but it was expected with the constant rising prices today.”

He said he thinks there is enough money in the Main Street account to cover the increase.

The rebuilding involves a section from the Bradeen residence to Pioneer Street and will complete reconstruction of the street all the way to Route 26.

This past summer, the West Paris Water District replaced the water mains along the street.

Originally the project was scheduled for this year, but due to unforeseen problems there was not enough time during the construction season.

Woodbury also said the town still needs bids for replacing nine windows in the old fire station on Kingsbury Street.

“We have had one bid for $5,000, but we want to see a few more before we award a contract. We would like to see at least three bids before we make a decision,” he said.

The issue will be revisited in January.


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