Falmouth begins reconstruction of Middle Road

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FALMOUTH — A road reconstruction project is underway on Middle Road.

The project, which is expected to last into the fall, includes from about the intersection with Woods Road up to Salty Dog Way, according to Jamie Mason, the town engineer.

Some roadside trees were cut down last month, and the actual reconstruction was expected to begin this week.

The project, which will cost just under $696,000 and is being completed by Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, will bring the grade up to standards and replace drain pipes where needed. Mason said the gravel road shoulders will also be paved.

“It’s a pretty simple project in my opinion,” Mason said. “It’s a full reconstruction, but a pretty simple one.”

The stretch of road being worked on is about 3,200 feet, he said, and there will likely be one-way alternating traffic during the work.

Unlike the work scheduled for completion this week on U.S. Route 1, the Middle Road project is solely a Falmouth Public Works project, and not a partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation.

Mason said the trees that were cut down were too close to the construction area, and the digging and drain pipe installation would have interferred and likely compromised the trees’ root systems.

He said neighbors were notified about the tree removal work though mailings and public meetings.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

Several trees along Middle Road in Falmouth were cut down last month in advance of a road reconstruction project, which is expected to last into fall.

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Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.