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DOT gets local input for future work in Milo

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 27, July 03, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

MILO Representatives from Maine's Department of Transportation collected input from local residents at a meeting last week about upcoming reconstruction plans for Routes 6, 11 and 16.

According to Project Manager Todd Pelletier, the reconstruction, starting at the point where Elm Street meets Main Street in downtown Milo, will extend about a mile.

"Basically, this is a kick-off informational meeting," said Pelletier. "It's a chance to get local input on problems that you've noticed."

Since the project is still in its preliminary stages, a schedule hasn't been set for start or finish dates, but Pelletier explained that work could start within a year.

The majority of the project's funding will come from a federal level, with remaining funds being a local match. Final funding is expected to approved in 2003.

The project is scheduled to include the replacement of some pavement, minor construction, paved shoulders and improved sidewalks. Pelletier added that DOT could consider extending existing sidewalks to Elm Street a field as part of the project.

In addition to road reconstruction, the Milo Water District hopes to complete work on Milo's water and sewer lines in conjunction with the state project.

Representatives from the water district explained that it was crucial to complete their work along with DOT's work because the construction could cause further damage to the aged water and sewer lines in that area.

The sewer lines are from the 1930's and some of the water lines date back to 1909, said a water district employee.

"It will be much better for the town, as well as DOT, if we can do mis in conjunction," said Pelletier."(The) work will be a lot more seamless if we cooperate."

Some concerns addressed at the meeting were the widening of the Elm and Main street intersection, the speed limits, traffic lights and right-of-way issues.

Although speed limits were not an issue that could be addressed by the DOT officials, they did say that all the other comments will be taken into consideration when progressing to the next step in project plans.

At this stage, Pelletier said, no costs had been estimated, but he said depending on the work DOT decides to pursue, the price tag could be upwards of $l million.

More detailed plans should be presented at the next public meeting this fall.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.