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State tears down Milo buildings to improve safety on Route 16

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 52, December 25, 2002

Picture by Doug Warren for TRC
Site of demolition at corner of Main & Elm in Milo

MILO Contractors working for the state Department of Transportation this week tore down two downtown buildings that once housed the post office,a grocery store,a restaurant and more recently,a barber shop,laundramat, and office space.

Crews with Stone Bridge Farms of Parkman demolished the buildings that sat on the corner of Elm and Main Streets, to make way for a state project to rehab Elm Street,also Route 16.The state bought the buildings from Richard Bell,in order to improve visibility at the intersection, specifically due to increased tractor trailer traffic along that road.

"The road's in terrible shape," said Todd Pelletier, project manager with DOT. "It hasn't been rebuilt since about 1950."

The DOT has funded for preliminary engineering the reconstruction of Elm Street up about a mile to Davis Street. Pelletier said a project hearing is expected after the first of the year.

Workers were on the scene last week stripping the windows out of the buildings and removing some scrap materials that will be salvaged,such as the original tin ceilings. The first building came down last Thursday, and the second is anticipated down before the end of this week.

Ralph Monroe, president of the Milo Historical Society, said he doesn't know the age of the structures, but said the society has pictures dating to the 1870s.

Monroe said the building directly on the comer, which was torn down first, once housed the post office, a
pharmacy, a grocery store and other businesses. The neighboring building housed an insurance office and a
painting contractor's office, as well as the local Masonic club.

While the historic buildings will be missed, he said, townspeople understand the reason why they must go.

"The problem is when the streets were laid out with the narrow street, we didn't have the 18-wheelers we
have today," Monroe noted. "Sometimes they even have to drive up on the sidewalk to make the turn."

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