Expect detours around USM, Deering Oaks

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PORTLAND — Travel in the area around Deering Oaks and the University of Southern Maine will be problematic starting Monday, May 14.

State Street Extension from Forest to Park avenues will be closed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 15, while Bedford Street between Deering and Forest avenues will become one way eastbound.

The State Street closures are necessary for repaving, part of the ongoing State Street Infrastructure Project, the city announced Friday.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, State Street Extension will be reduced to one lane to accommodate rush-hour traffic, before it is fully closed during the middle of the day. At 3 p.m., at least one lane of traffic will reopen for the evening commute.

Traffic on Park Avenue will also be reduced to one lane each way during the work.

At the same time Monday, Bedford Street will be reduced to one lane for traffic traveling from Deering Avenue to Forest Avenue. The street will be closed to traffic from Forest Avenue, which will be detoured along Falmouth Street.

The configuration, for work on the Bedford Street sewer separation project, will last through Aug. 31. Access to the University of Southern Maine campus on Bedford Street will remain open for the duration of the work, and Metro bus service will use the Falmouth Street detour.