AUBURN — Crews broke ground Monday on a three-month project designed to clean up the pavement along Youngs Corner Road and make the intersection with Hotel Road more passable.

Crews are scheduled to rebuild and repave the intersection through November, building wider turning lanes and four-foot shoulders, and putting down granite curbs, Project Manager Robert Hough said.

The state is also installing a new traffic signal, with blinking red lights in every direction.

“That should help with congestion in that area, we hope,” he said.

In the meantime, however, the state is advising drivers to find alternate routes.  Traffic will be down to one lane in all directions, with flaggers stopping traffic.

Hough said the work is designed to make travel through the intersection smoother both for regular drivers and for larger trucks. The road is used regularly for delivery drivers coming up Hotel Road from the Maine Turnpike turning east on Youngs Corner Road, bound for Wal-Mart.

“We wanted to make it easier for them to turn, without causing problems for the rest of the traffic,” Hough said.

Work for the state is being done by Gendron and Gendron at  a cost of $400,000.

Hough said state crews should break ground later this month on a second road project just west of the intersection on Youngs Corner Road. State crews will be repaving and rebuilding the road around the sharp corner in about two weeks.

“We’re just trying to get it all done so we don’t have to come back and bother people again,” Hough said.

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