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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 15, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, July 15, 2021
Summer: Road construction season

by Carrie Jeffrey

Summer in Maine also means construction Maine. All throughout the Peninsula and Deer Isle, multiple construction projects are set that will cause some traffic interference, ranging from road closures to minor detours.

Sedgwick

The most disruptive of these contruction plans is in Sedgwick, on Snow’s Cove Road, Route 15, beginning on or around July 19. The project, which is set to be finished on August 17, involves removing the current culvert beneath the road at Snow’s Brook and replacing it with a new concrete fishway. Not only will this relieve flooding, but it will also greatly increase the health of the Bagaduce Watershed by allowing populations of alewife fish to travel under the road.

While the traffic at this section has already become single-lane, the further construction will prohibit most travel on Route 15, excluding local traffic. Travelers can take a detour, either through Sedgwick on Route 172 or over the Bagaduce Falls, following Route 176.

Deer Isle

The Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, which was under inspection earlier this year, will undergo renovations July 18 through 30. From 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on these days, traffic will be reduced to a single lane while the bridge is repaved. According to the Maine DOT, the project on the 82-year-old bridge will cost more than $1.2 million upon its completion.

Blue Hill

Construction on the Tenney Hill Road drainage pipes is set to continue, according to a Maine DOT press release. The project, which began on June 21 and was projected to end July 16, was recently updated to continue through the month of July. Southbound traffic will still be able to pass during construction.