Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 27, 2012
Public meeting to be held on improvements to causeway
Recent serious accidents and citizen complaints about the causeway have encouraged the Maine Department of Transportation to research and propose installation of a guardrail system and to consider widening the road, according to a press release from Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle). Plans to shift the road to allow for more room on the curves are also being considered.
A public meeting on improvements to the Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle causeway will be held with officials from the Maine Department of Transportation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, at the Deer Isle Town Hall.
“It is critical that the community come to this meeting to show support for the project, since causeway improvements will have to compete for funding with other projects,” said Kumiega.
On September 14, Deer Isle Selectmen Neville Hardy and Lew Ellis and Kumiega met with MDOT Region Superintendent Randy Gray, Region Manager Steven Thebarge and several engineers on the causeway to look at the problems firsthand. Kumiega said the MDOT officials were convinced during the meeting that an investment in improvements is warranted, and scheduled test drilling for the week of September 24.
Results of the test drilling will be part of the presentation on October 11, along with information on the specific guardrail system that may be installed and the possible road widening and straightening work.
“The causeway connects Deer Isle and Stonington to the rest of Maine,” said Kumiega. “We need a safe and secure route for our people and for our goods. The economy of the Island, from the incoming tourists to the outgoing lobsters, clams and granite, travel over this dangerous road.”