News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, May 8, 2014
Route 15 a major problem
Residents urged to share thoughts, concerns on road conditions at upcoming forum

Potholes still a plague on local roads

As weather warms, the frost heaves get a bit better, but are still a concern for drivers, from Castine down to Stonington. Above, a pot hole on Route 15 in Deer Isle, Maine.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

Residents from Bucksport to Stonington are urged to make their voices heard at a special public meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 10, to discuss the condition of western Hancock County roads, and specifically Route 15.

Arranged by the board of selectmen in 11 area towns (Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Bucksport, Castine, Deer Isle, Sedgwick, Surry, Stonington, Orland and Penobscot), the meeting will allow residents, business owners and those who travel the area roads an opportunity to submit comments and concerns toward an overall effort to remedy the conditions in a lasting way, explained Blue Hill Selectman Jim Schatz who has been working with the Stonington Board of Selectmen and others to make the meeting a reality. He said testimony from area residents will be compiled and legislative actions will be taken in the next session.

The event will be moderated by former state senator Jill Goldthwait. A noontime lunch will be catered by Frank Bianco and the students from George Stevens Academy.

A petition has also been created as part of the effort. Access it here.

Upcoming meeting:

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Reach Auditorium, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.