The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) will close the Gorham Bypass for three weeks starting June 8 in order for crews to finish paving the 3.4-mile route.
MaineDOT opened the bypass six months early last December, knowing that it would have to be closed this spring in order to place a top layer of pavement over parts of the project. As construction neared its final stages last fall, a decision was made to open the bypass so motorists could utilize the new roadway through the winter and spring months. Now that temperatures are suitable for paving, crews will complete the paving that was not completed once it became too cold last fall.
While the bypass is closed, crews will also replace the curbing on the Route 202 roundabout. The Route 202 roundabout will be fitted with sloped curbing, and the vertical curbing that is currently in place will be removed. This type of sloped curbing is more forgiving to vehicles that leave marked lanes in the roundabout.
Crews will be placing variable message signs at intersections to the bypass in order to alert motorists of the pending closure.
Depending on the weather, crews are expected to complete the paving within three weeks.
The Gorham Bypass, which is now part of Route 112, was constructed in order to alleviate traffic congestion in the Gorham town center at the intersection of Routes 202/4 and Route 25. The bypass is expected to carry over 7,200 vehicles a day.
The 3.4-mile addition to Route 112 begins approximately two miles south of the Gorham town center on the west side of Route 114 and runs 3.4 miles in a northerly direction around the western side of Gorham, where it connects with Routes 202/4 and Route 25.
Construction on this $28 million project began in August of 2007 and wasn’t expected to be completed until June of this year.
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