AUBURN — The Maine Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on safety improvements at various downtown intersections.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Auburn Hall — the same day as a public meeting in Lewiston on downtown parking. 

According to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which is also involved, the meeting will discuss “operational and safety improvements” at the following intersections: Academy and High streets, Academy and Main streets, Elm and Main streets, Elm and High streets, Elm Street and Minot Avenue, and Minot Avenue and High Street.

The coalition says MaineDOT is “particularly interested” in learning local views on the projects’ consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources and identifying local concerns and issues.

“This is an opportunity to raise concerns, to bring ideas, and to promote the importance of making roads safe and comfortable for pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Angela King, community advocacy coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition.

“Roads are for everyone, whether they are walking, rolling, on a bike or in a car. As we have learned, having input at the initial design stages can make a real difference.”

Police and rescue crews at the scene of a car-pedestrian accident late Thursday on Court Street in Auburn. (Mark LaFlamme/Sun Journal)

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