If you’ve visited Midcoast Maine in the past quarter century of summers, you’re probably aquatinted with the state’s most notorious traffic bottleneck: Route 1 as it passes through the historic village center of Wiscasset and then over the bridge crossing the Sheepscot River. There’s not much way to avoid it — unless its backed up for miles, in which case even an extra twenty minute diversion up to Sheepscot Village in Alna and back around again is worth it.
The Maine Department of Transportation has a fix in mind. But in today’s Portland Press Herald I report on how the town has just filed a suit against the agency, asking a judge to block the plan which they allege breaks state law as well as local ordinances. The project, critics have said, will destroy the downtown, level a 101-year old building, cost Maine taxpayers a load of money, and won’t improve the traffic delays.
Sounds like a story worth following.
[Update, 12/13/17: I have a detailed an updated story on the controversy in this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram.]