LIVERMORE FALLS – A walking tour of a section of Main Street in Livermore Falls and Jay will be held Friday to generate ideas to enhance walking.

Town Manager James Chaousis said he has delivered fliers promoting the Livermore Falls/Jay “Chisholm” Walking Workshop to businesses. Besides business owners, residents, municipal officials, public safety officials and others are invited to come and get a feel for people to find ways to make the area an active community.

People will meet downstairs at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Treat Memorial Library in Livermore Falls on Main Street. It will start off with a PowerPoint presentation and discussion prior to going out and walking the area, said Joan Walton, a community and transportation planner with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments.

The Maine Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct 1.1 miles of Route 4, which is also Main Street in both towns, from Bridge Street in Livermore Falls to Pineau Street in Jay.

The walk won’t go that far, Walton said, and it won’t go as far as C.N. Brown’s service station.

The effort is expected to generate ideas to make improvements to enhance the area so that people feel comfortable walking in the area either for exercise or for transportation, Walton said.

With the road construction there will be a lot of improvements made including new sidewalks and retaining walls.

The idea is to design it as a comfortable and inviting area for pedestrians, Walton said.

Walton and Janet Pelletier, an environmental planner with AVCOG, did a pre-audit walk of the area recently.

Now, it’s an area that seems more oriented toward vehicle traffic than pedestrian traffic, Walton said.

In downtown Livermore Falls, along the lower end of Main and Depot streets, businesses are closer to the roads, she said. It gives a sense of traditional New England development.

As you walk toward Jay, businesses are set back from the road more and you don’t get that feeling, she said.

This meeting would give people a chance to say what they would like to see done in the area.

Walton will also talk about possible trail connections. There is the Whistle Stop Trail in Jay that starts at French Falls, located off the road that runs beside the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jay and goes to Farmington.

Walton said she wonders if there is a way to connect that trail to one that could run to the bike and walk path Livermore Falls is proposing to build along the section behind the police station along the Androscoggin River.


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