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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Traffic Update: Woodford's Corner Work Shifts to Underground Utilities

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A $5.65 million reconstruction project on a portion of Forest Avenue in Portland will shift to a new phase of work this week. 


Shaw Brothers, the lead contractor on this project, is completing the temporary water work and connections.  Residents and commuters can now expect to see impacts due to the installation of the new water main. This portion of work will be done with multiple crews working both day and night shifts starting at 6:00 PM Sunday through 6:00 PM the following Saturday. Commuters can expect to see equipment and materials on the side of the road daily, work area closures will continue to be limited during prime commute time. Commuters are urged to find alternate routes or plan for delays due to the construction. Businesses remain open during construction.


Future work will include the replacement other older utilities including sewer, storm drainage, gas lines and new electrical work for a future lighting project. Once the utility work has been completed, the roadway and sidewalks will be rebuilt with new signals installed.  In order to expedite the project, multiple crews will be working five or six days a week throughout the remainder of the project, with most of the work taking place during overnight hours.


Work will be carried out in phases and continue into the 2018 construction season. Utility work on the south side of Woodford Street will be done in phase one. Phase two will include work northerly of Woodford’s Corner. Once phase two is complete by late November, the project will go into winter suspension until early April. When the project resumes, any unfinished utility work will be completed. Phase three will then begin with full roadway reconstruction. The work also includes rehabilitation and upgrades to Pan Am Railways railroad crossing, crossing gates and signals.


The contractor will make every effort to minimize impacts to pedestrians. Access to area businesses will be maintained but parking on the street may not be available if work is scheduled for that area. Pedestrians may need to cross the street for sidewalk access.  Motorists are advised of potential delays and to seek an alternate route. 


Due to the aging infrastructure, this area is in need of revitalization. The corridor does not adequately serve this growing area of Portland. This project will provide improved movement for pedestrians; provide consistent bike lanes for cyclists and improved traffic flow with the reconstruction of the roadway along with new traffic signals.


For more information, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/woodfordscorner and to sign up for email alerts, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/notifyme


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