Summer paving projects pile up in Portland

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PORTLAND — Nothing says summer in Maine like road construction and repair, and there’s plenty of it slated for city streets in upcoming weeks.

City officials are warning traffic delays are likely on several streets slated to be repaved or otherwise improved this summer, including Baxter Boulevard, Vanna Avenue, Capisic Street, and both ends of Congress Street.

Work has already begun on outer Congress Street, where a stretch from Stevens Avenue to Johnson Road is being repaved and made friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians.

That project, a cooperative effort between the city and the Maine Department of Transportation, will last for several more weeks. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction while work takes place Sundays-Thursdays from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.

Also in progress and scheduled for several weeks is the repaving of a 750-foot section of Baxter Boulevard between Forest Avenue and the Preble Street Extension. Traffic was scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction during working hours from 7 p.m-7 a.m.

Repaving of Vanna Avenue, Capisic Street and in-town Congress Street should be be shorter, lasting less than a week each if weather conditions allow, according to Ken Silver, MDOT’s resident engineer on the projects.

The first scheduled project will put a new top layer on Vanna Avenue between Clifton Street and Forest Avenue, starting in mid-July with daytime work limiting traffic to an alternating one-way flow.

In early August, Capisic Street will be repaved between Stevens and Brighton avenues, also during daytime hours with one-way alternating traffic.

The in-town Congress Street project, scheduled for early August, will involve repaving from the Eastern Promenade to Washington Avenue. Work will again take place during daytime hours, with alternating one-way traffic.

City officials also announced June 27 that utility work on the inbound lanes of Washington Avenue between Inverness Road and Presumpscot Street will last for several weeks. Two-way traffic will continue, but officials warned of delays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or acullen@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ACullenFore.

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