Cape Elizabeth council OKs funds for Shore Road sidewalk

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The town is a step closer to linking existing sidewalks along Shore Road to create an unbroken walking path from the South Portland city line to the town center.

The Town Council gave the go ahead at its May 13 meeting for funds to be allocated to the Shore Road project, which will go out to bid in June. The project will cost an estimated $107,000.

The funds for the project, identified in January as one of the town’s top priorities for 2013, were taken from unallocated general funds.

“By completing the two sections, there will be safe pedestrian traffic from South Portland to the town center,” Town Manager Michael McGovern said.

McGovern said much of the work will be out of the way of traffic, but the project does include estimates for construction signs and plans for traffic control.

There are two gaps in the system of sidewalks and pathways along Shore Road. One extends from the main entrance of Fort Williams Park to the former main entrance, and the other lies between Surf Road and Cottage Lane, just north of the park.

The sidewalk and pathway system includes the Shore Road Pathway, which extends from the town center to the former main gate of Fort Williams. It was completed in 2012 and funded by a combination of local, grant and private funds.

Noah Hurowitz can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or Follow him on Twitter: @NoahHurowitz.