AUBURN — Work to replace a storm-damaged portion of Route 136 south of Auburn will wait until early September.

Project Manager Jeff Tweedie said bids for the work on a half-mile portion of Route 136 just north of the Auburn-Durham line were scheduled to go out this week. They were delayed to make room for projects funded by federal stimulus money.

“We had to push the bids back three weeks or so because we’re devoting so many resources to stimulus projects,” Tweedie said. The work is set to begin in September.

The Maine Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin taking bids on the Route 136 project on July 29. It’s currently budgeted to cost $800,000.

“They’ll get as much done as they can, and then they’ll wrap up the rest in the spring,” Tweedie said.

The project entails moving Route 136 an additional 30 feet west of the Androscoggin River. That portion was washed out last September by high water. A 120-foot section of riverbank collapsed, taking away a chunk of the road shoulder with it. Crews temporarily moved the road around the washed-out section. They’ll make those changes permanent in September.

“It’s would be much more costly to try and repair the road and keep it in the old place,” Tweedie said.

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