News Release for November 14, 2017

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



Bar Harbor – MaineDOT said today that its contractors expect to wrap up Phase One of the reconstruction of Route 3 in Bar Harbor by Thanksgiving Day.

The project kicked off in early spring and continued throughout the busy summer season. Work began 0.57 miles west of Sand Point Road and has proceeded southward to Crooked Road. During this time, northbound traffic was detoured to Crooked Road except for periods when 2-way traffic could be maintained on Route 3. Access to homes and businesses along Route 3 has been maintained throughout the reconstruction.

MaineDOT Senior Project Manager Rhobe Moulton stated, “We are on schedule, and the contractors have accomplished everything that we planned for this first phase of the project. We are so appreciative of the cooperation and patience of locals and visitors alike as we work to improve this important roadway.” She summarized the accomplishments thus far as:

  • All new drainage and drainage structures completed from Pirates Cove to Crooked Road.

  • Roadway reconstruction and new pavement with 4-foot wide paved shoulders for approximately 2 miles of Route 3 from just west of Sand Point Road to Crooked Road.

  • New sidewalks from the location of Gallagher’s Travels Motel & Cabins to Crooked Road.

  • Obstructions have been removed and the water view has been improved from Lookout Point Road to Crooked Road.

  • New rock walls have been constructed on the downhill approach to Crooked Road, enhancing the appearance of the entrance to Bar Harbor.

Looking ahead, winter work will include additional site drainage construction and water line work plus, weather permitting, larger drainage structures near West Street and near College of the Atlantic. Next spring, the reconstruction of Route 3 will proceed below Crooked Road into Bar Harbor to the end point at the intersection of Routes 3 and 233. The start date will be determined according to weather, and outbound traffic will be detoured to Paradise Hill Road.

When completed in early 2019, the Reconstruction of Route 3 will result in an improved roadway, paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians, new sidewalks, upgrades of existing sidewalks to ADA standards, safer crossings with electronic crossing signs, a new multi-use path along part of the roadway, improved drainage and improvements to the intersection at Mt. Desert St. and West St.

MaineDOT invites Bar Harbor area residents, visitors and drivers to stay informed about the project by visiting and by signing up for email alerts.