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Wayne Laepple

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Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« on: March 09, 2022, 09:06:29 PM »
I'm sort of surprised that no one has posted about this work, which will affect traffic on Route this summer, especially on weekends. Here's the official press release from Maine DOT.

WOOLWICH - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Station 46 Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Back River Creek Marsh and Rockland Branch of the Maine Central Railroad in Woolwich. The work area begins at the Taste of Maine Restaurant and extends north past the intersection of Route 1 and George Wright Road. The reconstruction of Route 1 will raise the roadway by approximately five feet to address flooding concerns and sea level rise. This project also involves the construction of an 85-foot-long bridge (the Pleasant Cove Bridge) to replace two culverts near George Wright Road; this work is being done to protect Route 1 and to eventually help restore tidal flow to the marsh.

The existing Station 46 Bridge was built in 1933. It is an aging structure with areas of significant deterioration. In 2019, the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) on the bridge was nearly 19,000 vehicles.

MaineDOT Project Manager Devan Eaton said, "Route 1 is one of the most important roadways in our state. Maintaining safe and efficient passage through this area is extremely important to the economy. Our work to replace this bridge was designed to minimize traffic impacts. This project will also increase resiliency on a key piece of coastal infrastructure."

The contractor is Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The construction contract amount is $33,547,697.

Jackson Parker, Chairman & CEO of Woolwich-based Reed & Reed, Inc. said, "We are pleased to build this key project right in our backyard. Reed & Reed widened and rehabilitated that same bridge in 1980, so we are happy to upgrade it once again. Some of our employees who worked on that 1980 project are still with us, and I'm sure they will be back on the project this time."

On-site work began in January. Right now, the contractor is building a temporary detour roadway to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Route 1 throughout construction. All work is expected to be finished by the end of 2024.

MaineDOT estimates that the total cost of this project (including engineering and construction) will be close to $40 million.

This project received a 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the amount of $25 million.

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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2022, 09:27:46 PM »
It may slow you slightly but they will have to maintain 2 lanes of traffic most of the day as there is no easy way around.
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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2022, 10:24:39 PM »
We live off of George Wright Road, which will be dead-ended to enable the temporary by-pass road and bridges to be built.  There will also be a new full traffic light at Rte 1 and Nequassit Road (at the Woolwich Town Office and Fire Station).  All this will slow traffic substantially (I'm guessing) between Taste of Maine and Nequassit Road.  It's effect on BIW traffic (to and from) will likely be significant.  I hope I'm proved wrong.

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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2022, 10:33:19 PM »
Right now, the contractor is building a temporary detour roadway to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Route 1 throughout construction.

Is THAT what that is... I thought maybe they were going to build the new bridge next to the old bridge, then knock down the old bridge.

I lived through a similar bridge replacement project on US 22 in Allentown, PA a few years back. It was unpleasant.

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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2022, 07:54:12 AM »
They ARE building a new (temporary) bridge next to the old one.  "Replacing" to me would indicate knocking the old one down and building a new one.

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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2022, 08:35:43 AM »
For those of us that are already coming to WW&F northbound on I-295, it seems like a good alternative is to continue further up I-295 to Exit 43 and head east towards Dresden, then to WW&F. 


Per GMaps, 4 minutes longer in estimated travel time is no big deal

Even with just a few visits, I found the seemingly lengthy traffic jams on Route 1 annoying, particularly where a left turn is involved.  :o   And that was before bridge construction delays.
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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2022, 10:31:17 AM »
I have taken the Richmond route from Topsham via Rt. 24 many times. It is definitely a viable option, and a good one to keep in your back pocket. As Graham says, if you're on 295 already, no reason to get off.

Alternate routes are worth their weight (miles?) in gold, in our "You can't get there from here" state.

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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2022, 01:29:13 PM »
197 is my usual route, with the biggest traffic jam at the stop sign in downown Richmond. May be one other car waiting to go.. GPS tries to send me through Gardiner, but that just seems too far out of the way. Someplace else on here we discussed the various routes to the museum, including back roads..
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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2022, 04:43:32 PM »
Added bonus of the Richmond route is you go right past the Hot Spot in Dresden. If you're running early you can grab some breakfast from the folks that used to run Ship Chow on R1
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Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2022, 06:59:57 PM »
Good ideas on alternative routes.  I suggest trying one (or more) now, before the Nequaset traffic light and temporary road are put into effect.  That I think(?) may be scheduled for late spring/early summer.  I'll keep track and let everyone know as it gets closer.

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