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Posted on: November 19, 2021

**TRAFFIC ALERT** Baxter Boulevard Continual Traffic Impacts

**TRAFFIC ALERT**

Baxter Boulevard Continual Traffic Impacts

 

The current Baxter Boulevard Closure from Dartmouth Street to Preble Street, as well as Dartmouth Street at Ricker Park, will remain closed for at least 2 additional weeks due tidal impacts, as well as weather disruptions to the progress of work.  

The closure is due to the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project, which is being constructed by Sargent Corporation.  

Please continue to watch for the road closed signs and please plan to seek alternate routes during the construction of the project.

Back Cove Trail will remain open during the entire construction project. 

This project is one of the City’s latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows into Back Cove. The work to reduce overflows is part of the City’s agreement with the U.S. EPA to reduce and eliminate the flow of combined waste being discharged. A combined sewer system transports wastewater from homes, industries, and businesses, as well as storm water collected from streets, parking lots, roofs, and yards, to the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant. A combined sewer overflow occurs when the combined sewer capacity is overwhelmed during heavy rain events and a mix of sewer and storm water is discharged into Back Cove.

The work involves the installation of a 2.25-million-gallon storage conduit with the construction of 1,700 linear feet of 8-foot by 20-foot precast concrete box conduit and 2,133 feet of 60-inch sewer pipe. The project also involves new diversion structures, local sewers and storm drainage improvements, installation of drainage outfalls that discharge into Back Cove, water main replacement in Dartmouth Street, and utility work within the intersection of Forest Avenue and Dartmouth Street.

The project schedule and related graphics can be found on the Public Works Projects website: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/2577/Back-Cove-West-Storage-Conduit

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If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Nathaniel Smith, Project Engineer at 207-874-8818 or nhs@portlandmaine.gov

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