Augusta Outer Western Avenue Project
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Reconstruction of a half-mile section of Western Avenue is resuming in April. This
$3.8 million project will include a major culvert replacement and the addition of a turning lane to enhance safety. In addition to road reconstruction, crews are installing water and sewer upgrades, and utility crews are installing new utility poles and natural gas pipe. Because this section of Western Avenue is heavily travelled during the morning and evening commutes, motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
Work will continue until September. We know this comprehensive infrastructure project is inconvenient and appreciate your patience.
While developing this project, we have taken great strides to reduce any delays to motorists, however, please understand this will be a construction zone and there will be times that work will have some impacts on traffic. In an effort to reduce delays, the Contractor has restrictions outlined in the contract to minimize disruptions which include:
- 6:30 am to 8:30 am- two way traffic including all EASTBOUND lanes (traffic heading toward Augusta from Winthrop / Manchester)
- 8:30 am to 3:30 pm- two way traffic
- 3:30 pm to 6:00 PM- two way traffic including all WESTBOUND lanes (traffic heading toward Winthrop / Manchester)
- 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm- two way traffic
- 7:00 pm to 6:00 am- alternating one-way traffic
- NO Saturday work
During construction we would like to emphasize that the businesses are open and will have access during construction. When entering or exiting a business, side road, or driveway please be attentive as there will be much activity. Please take that extra moment to look twice and proceed with caution.
Once completed, this section of Outer Western Ave will have upgraded utilities, additional lanes for turning and through traffic, and a new traffic signal system which will make traveling this segment much more efficient for everyone.
Thank you for your patience and your continued safe driving through construction work zones. Please see the map below that outlines the work area for your convenience.
MaineDOT understands this will be an inconvenience but there is a better road ahead. Thank you for your patience and please drive safely and obey reduced speed limits when driving in work zones.
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