BAR HARBOR – Work on the reconstruction of a 4.8-mile section of Route 3 between Pirate’s Cove miniature golf course and downtown is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) officials told residents at an open house meeting this week.
The contract for the $17.9 million, two-and-a-half-year job was awarded to Sargent Corporation, whose New England operations are based in Stillwater.
First up, Scott Blanchard of Sargent said Wednesday night, will be tree clearing. Beginning at the north end of the project, clearing will proceed the length of the reconstruction “at about a half-mile a week,” he said.
DOT has set a hard deadline of June 2019 for completion of the project, but they hope to have the highway completed well before then. Work will be done Monday-Friday, with some Saturdays as needed but no Sundays. No overnight work is allowed except paving. Contractor shutdowns are planned for the week of July 4 and the week of Labor Day.