The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate a deputy to patrol the Route 4 corridor in an attempt to slow traffic and make the road safer for commuters and residents.

Chairman Sally Christner of Turner said Route 4 is one of the most dangerous roads in the state. The corridor saw two major crashes in Turner and Auburn last week. Sheriff Eric Samson estimated the cost of the new position would be about $115,000 for the first year, which would include a police cruiser, radio, uniform, equipment, salary and benefits.

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