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Problem and Vision Statements
The section of Route 1 through Thomaston is a highly traveled corridor of regional economic significance. It is particularly busy during the summer months due to the higher population levels and increased tourism. The roadway within the project limits often experiences conflicts among trucks, cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, creating unsafe conditions for all transportation users. Exacerbating these safety concerns is that vehicles often travel at speeds higher than the posted speed limit as drivers transition from rural to residential to the downtown areas.
This section of Route 1 has drainage issues that create hazards, such as ice on the roadway and the sidewalks, the unsightly buildup of debris and puddling on the road, as well as washouts that can damage both residential property and the road itself. The current drainage solutions, such as ditches along the side of the roadway, are inadequate, poorly maintained, present safety concerns and are aesthetically displeasing.
The Thomaston Route 1 corridor will safely and efficiently meet the needs of both the regional through traffic and the local transportation users. The infrastructure of Route 1 will support all modes of transportation using the system, including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists as well as the economically important freight industry. Accounting for the safety of these users will enhance the vitality of this major economic thoroughfare.
As the gateway to the Penobscot Bay region, Thomaston will welcome travelers to its historic downtown and mall area, which feature a unique abundance of historic and architecturally significant homes and buildings. The roadway will maintain the historic and aesthetic village character of the town while providing a modern transportation corridor that allows for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connectivity within the community, slows regional through traffic to posted speed limits and creates a safer environment for all modes of transportation.
This page last updated on 9/14/11
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