NORWAY — Surveying has begun on lower Main Street as the town gears up to get bids next spring on the major reconstruction project.

Drainage, sidewalks and parking are some of the issues that will be addressed.

The rebuilt section runs from the Second Congregational Church at the intersection of Paris Street south to near Aubuchon Hardware on Route 26. It has a mixture of commercial and residential properties, anchored by Stephens Memorial Hospital.

“We’re doing the survey work now and coming up with the final plan, but we’ll probably go out to bid in the spring,” Town Manager David Holt said. Engineer Rob Prue of Pine Tree Engineering Pine Tree in Bath will prepare the plan for bid, he said.

In early July, the Board of Selectmen gave the go-ahead to Holt to sign an approximately $850,000 agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation to reconstruct lower Main Street. The agreement means the parties will each share 50 percent of the cost.

The board learned in April that the state had approved money for the project. In June, annual town meeting voters approved a $1.2 million bond. A large part of that will be used to pay for the town’s portion of the project.

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