For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Reconstruction of a high-traffic stretch of Western Avenue in Augusta will begin after Labor Day, since a Maine construction firm on Wednesday won a bid for the project. State Representatives Matthew Pouliot and Corey Wilson, both of Augusta, congratulated R.J. Grondin & Sons on being declared the apparent low bidder for the job to rebuild the 0.6 mile stretch of road. Pouliot and Wilson attended the bid opening Wednesday at Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters in Augusta.
"This stretch of road is very commercial, very high traffic, and very much in need of repair," said Rep. Pouliot. "It's really exciting to witness the first step in getting it fixed. I congratulate R.J. Grondin & Sons on being the apparent low bidder."
The portion of Western Ave. to be repaired extends from Prescott Road by Blouin Suzuki east to Edison Drive just before Margaritas Restaurant. It is lined with auto dealerships and other businesses, and is a major commuter route for residents of Manchester, Readfield and surrounding communities who work in Augusta.
"The road is just awful, and I'm glad to see it finally being addressed," said Rep. Wilson. "It will save many suspension systems and much aggravation for people who live and work in Augusta."
Kennebec County state lawmakers, including Pouliot and Wilson, have been pushing recently for a statewide transportation bond that would facilitate repairs of many other roads, including the dangerously worn Mount Vernon Avenue in Augusta.
"When you think about it, providing good roads is one of the most basic functions of government, and our roads are really getting bad here in Augusta and throughout Maine," said Pouliot. "We have long winters that really take a toll on them."
"We'll keep pushing for more road repairs, and I encourage people to tell me what roads they think need attention the most," added Wilson.
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