Section of Portland boulevard open for Sunday recreation

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PORTLAND — While much of Baxter Boulevard remains closed to motorists while the city installs two underground sewage conduits, a stretch of the street will be open for biking, walking, and other recreation on the next two Sundays, June 9 and June 16.

A closed section of the boulevard, between Vannah Avenue and Cheverus High School, will be open to the public both days from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., according to a City Hall press release. Near Cheverus, the city’s Recreation and Facilities Management Department will host some family-friendly activities, such as hula-hooping, rope-jumping and chalk art.

A 1.4-mile portion of the boulevard, between Vannah Avenue and Bates Street, has been closed to vehicle traffic since January to accommodate construction of the conduits, which each will be able to store 1 million gallons of combined sewage and storm water.

The street is not expected to open again until the $10 million project, funded by sewer user fees, is finished in October.