The town of Damariscotta and LincolnHealth will split the cost for reconstruction of Miles Street and construction of a sidewalk on the street.
The Damariscotta Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to approve a memorandum of understanding with LincolnHealth on Wednesday, May 1. Selectman Louis Abbotoni was absent.
Miles Street serves as the primary entrance to LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus. The sidewalk would provide pedestrian access to the future Bristol Road sidewalk.
Damariscotta will remain responsible for the future maintenance of Miles Street, since it is a town road.
Damariscotta has received a $323,800 estimate from Gartley & Dorksy Engineering & Surveying Inc. The estimate includes costs for “engineering, reconstruction of the roadway, construction of the sidewalk and landscaping,” according to the memorandum. There is a separate $45,000 estimate for granite curbing on the sidewalks.
Engineering work is expected to begin this month and be completed by December. The actual construction will happen in phases over a period of three years, depending on the availability of funds.
According to Town Manager Matt Lutkus, engineering and design will cost $24,800. The reconstruction of the drainage system and retaining wall will follow in the 2020-2021 fiscal year for an estimated $97,500. Fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 will see the reconstruction of the street, construction of the sidewalk, and landscaping work at an estimated cost of $201,500.
“It’s a fairly significant accomplishment that we have this private nonprofit willing to come to the table with half of the costs,” Town Manager Matt Lutkus said.