Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, August 15, 2013
Blue Hill roundabout nearing completion, Deer Isle-Sedgwick bridge work just beginning
Anyone traveling into or out of Blue Hill this summer has experienced the construction at the Tenney Hill intersection.
All the work should be coming to an end by Monday, August 26, said Maine Department of Transportation engineer Jim Hosmer.
After a few overnight shifts, including one on Thursday night, August 15, the paving should be mostly complete.
That said, the promised rehab and construction efforts on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge have begun and will continue until mid-December, according to Ted Talbot of the Maine Department of Transportation.
Traffic will be one-lane Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work projects include tightening cables and adding aviation lights. Work should continue even during inclement weather.
Many area residents will likely celebrate the end of the roundabout work, including TradeWinds Market Place, which due to its location has been affected by the construction. A “Roundabout Fest” will be held on Saturday, August 24, from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate the end of the work, according to store manager Bonnie Tokas.
“We’re holding a community barbecue, featuring Frank Bianco and Bianco’s sausage, hamburgers and hotdogs. We’ll also have the second annual foul-shooting contest for a gas card of $250,” said Tokas.
Another drawing for a second gas card of the same amount will be held. The event has several co-sponsors.
Any funds raised at the event will be donated to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital or the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth.