MaineDOT

News Release for November 18, 2016

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297

 

Updated Traffic Advisories for Bath Viaduct

Bath – Now that demolition work on the old viaduct is being wrapped up, contractors are beginning to build the new Bath Viaduct. MaineDOT wants drivers to know what to expect and is advising all to plan ahead and allow extra time, and is reminding everyone that all businesses in Historic Downtown Bath are accessible throughout the project.

Now through April, drivers should expect daily lane closures that may be in place around the clock with the exception of eastbound travel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and westbound travel from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Off-peak delays of estimated 3-5 minutes and peak hour delays (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) of estimated 10-15 minutes should be expected.

MaineDOT Project Resident Glenn Philbrook stated, “Southbound U.S. Route 1 travelers should please use both lanes when crossing the Sagadahoc Bridge from Woolwich to Bath, and execute alternate merging at the end of the bridge.” He explained that using both lanes to queue traffic for merging helps keep things moving most efficiently.

MaineDOT reports that there have been a few complaints about traffic, but that overall drivers are being patient, planning ahead and driving safely.

The new Bath Viaduct is planned to open by Memorial Day, 2017. When complete, the new Bath Viaduct will have a lifespan of more than 80 years. The project will also result in significant improvements to pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and lighting – important due to the growing popularity of Historic Downtown Bath.

Major drainage improvements will be realized, with positive environmental impacts resulting from separation of storm water runoff and city sewer systems. Finally, the Viaduct itself will feature the latest in guardrail systems, lighting, signage and engineering design.

MaineDOT encourages Bath area residents and drivers to stay informed about the project by visiting MaineDot.gov and by signing up for email alerts.

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