Changes near completion at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Construction work at Fort Williams Park is nearing completion in time for the influx of summer visitors, although it may also cost more than expected.

The improvements to the Ship Cove area of the park include the creation of a cul-de-sac and additional parking spaces, the construction of new sidewalks and curbs to increase pedestrian safety, and the construction of a new concrete slab at the picnic area overlooking the cove.

The project is one of 10 identitfied as priorities in the 2011 update to the 2003 master plan for the park.

The work is scheduled to be completed in early June, according to Public Works Director Robert Malley. Malley said construction was delayed by the rainy spell toward the end of May, but should be back on track.

“The rain really threw off the paving schedule,” Malley said. “You lose one day it backs everything up.”

The construction, which began in March, was contracted to Peters Construction of Buxton. Malley said this is the first work the company has done for the town.

The contract for the project was estimated at $145,000, but Malley said it will end up costing slightly more, although he did not yet have an exact total.

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