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News Release for August 14, 2009
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Mark Latti, MaineDOT Public Information Officer - 624-3030

Calais Branch Corridor Project Remains under construction and Closed To Public


The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and the Maine Department of Conservation (Maine DOC) continue to oversee the construction of the 85-mile Calais Branch Corridor Rehabilitation and Downeast Sunrise Trail Project and ask all outdoor recreationalists to please remain off the trail during the construction period.

MaineDOT and the Maine Department of Conservation would like to remind the public that due to safety, construction, and liability issues, the Downeast Sunrise Trail Project has been and continues to be closed to the public while it is under construction. The Calais Branch Corridor Rehabilitation and Downeast Sunrise Trail Project is an active construction project. Currently, Vaughn Thibodeau & Sons of Bangor are in the process of working on the rail corridor between Ayers Junction in Pembroke and Jonesboro.

While the trail may look complete and useable, in certain areas, the corridor is a construction zone with working construction equipment. There are areas of the project that are not complete, and these areas must be finished before any section can be opened.

Until the trail opens, anyone using the trail is trespassing, and use of the trail could delay the opening of the project. A section of the project is nearing completion and will be open this fall if there are no delays in construction. Please remind others that the corridor is closed and not open for use until construction is complete and there is official notice that a section of trail is opened.

This project, overseen by both MaineDOT and the Maine Department of Conservation, is removing the substandard rail, repairing washouts, placing decking over bridges, rehabilitating the corridor, and constructing an 85-mile multi-use trail with trailside parking.

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