FARMINGTON — Recent rains have brought out the potholes on the Intervale again, but help is on the way.
The Maine Department of Transportation has a few projects planned for this summer in Farmington, including a “mini-grind” of the pavement starting the night of July 6 on the Intervale (Route 4) up Main Street to Academy Street, said Town Manager Richard Davis. The project will pass over the downtown section and pick up again at Anson Street and continue to Belcher Road.
Paving will start on the road the night of July 13, making it much smoother along the Intervale, he said. Paving is expected to be finished by July 17.
Road signs were put up last week to warn motorists approaching the construction area of the road work ahead.
Called a mini-grind, the crew grinds the top 3 inches of surface off the road, hauls it away and repaves, said Public Works Director Denis Castonguay.
A crew from Pike Industries also plans to mini-grind and place new asphalt from Center Bridge up to the Municipal Building on Route 2. This will improve some of the ruts along the road, Davis said.
The stretch of Route 2 from the Town Office to the intersection of High Street at the former site of the town garage will be repaved.
Pike Industries is storing some of its signs and equipment at the former town garage site this summer as approved by the Board of Selectmen.
Other MDOT projects include ditch and shoulder work along the Town Farm Road and applying a “skinny” (5/8-inch layer of asphalt) repave, and repaving 13.3 miles of Route 27 in the Fairbanks neighborhood this summer.
Farmington Public Works is doing culvert and shoulder work. In a couple if weeks, a pavement grind of about 5,000 feet will take place before the road is built up 9 inches. The work will be on the south end of Whittier Road, past Mt. Blue High School toward Farmington Falls.

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