News Release for March 1, 2018

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


MaineDOT to Host Open House on Next Phase of Route 3 Reconstruction

Bar Harbor – MaineDOT will host an Open House to share information and answer questions about the 2018 continuation of the reconstruction of Route 3 in Bar Harbor. While there will be no formal presentation, representatives of MaineDOT and Sargent Corporation, the primary contractor, will be on hand. The Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Town Office.

Phase Two of the reconstruction of Route 3 in Bar Harbor will kick-off in earnest as soon as weather conditions allow. 2018 work will include the reconstruction of Route 3 below Crooked Road into Bar Harbor to the end point at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 233. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Route 3 except when outbound traffic from Bar Harbor will be detoured to Eagle Lake Road and Route 102, or to Paradise Hill Road. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

MaineDOT’s Rhobe Moulton stated, “The Open House is an opportunity for us to show project maps, share information about the work that will be done this year, to answer questions and to talk about what we accomplished last year.” Moulton confirmed that the project is on schedule, and that MaineDOT and its contractors accomplished everything that was planned for the first phase of the project, including:

  • 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.

Moulton said that winter work has included additional site drainage construction and water line work, plus construction of drainage structures near West Street and near College of the Atlantic.

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.