Expect delays on Route 1 in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — Road work on two sections of U.S Route 1 will likely cause traffic delays throughout the summer.

Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said the projects will require alternating one-way traffic for the next two months.

One section is from about a third of a mile north of the Portland city line to just north of the Route 88 intersection, a distance of about 1 1/2 miles. The second stretch of road is just north of Bucknam Road and extends north about 1 1/2 miles to the Cumberland town line. Both projects began earlier this week.

Talbot said much of the work will be road resurfacing, although there will also be intersection improvements at Route 88 and at Johnson Road. The project, being done by Gorham-based Shaw Brothers Construction, will cost $1.2 million.

Talbot said drivers should expect delays of around five minutes at a time.

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  • s80t6

    Typical. They just completed an extensive sidewalk and road improvement project that disrupted things for two years, and no one thought to combine both and be done with it. History dictates that some newly paved part of the road will be dug up within six months for utility upgrades.

    • Chew H Bird

      What you stated makes a great deal of sense. However budgets are annual items and I suspect that is the primary reason why so many projects like this take multiple years to complete…

      • Real cool guy

        You clearly have never heard of the big dig.

        • Chew H Bird

          This is Maine, not Boston… The Tukey’s Bridge project was performed in three phases back in the mid to late 1980s. This is normal in Maine.