WEST PARIS — Selectmen will ask the Maine Department of Transportation to consider prohibiting cars from passing each other on Route 26 near Trap Corner Hill due to the potential danger.

The request will also seek to lower the 40 mph speed limit, selectmen said Thursday evening. 

While the move wasn’t prompted by complaints from residents, Selectman Dennis Henderson, who lives in the area, said he noticed it becoming more difficult to pull onto Route 26 from a side road. 

Henderson said he worries that with development of a Dollar General, ongoing demolition of a former convenience store and the construction of a diesel island for tractor-trailer trucks, the area will only get more dangerous. 

As a state-maintained road, the town must ask the state to make the changes.

Several businesses, two gas stations and the four-way intersection with Route 219  are all near Trap Corner Hill.

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