To the editor:
Frequent Bristol Road users may notice a recently planted series of little red “no more delays” signs on lawns on both sides of the road. They are meant to be gentle reminders to the public and the “powers that be” that the often delayed sidewalk project and the obviously needed repairs for Bristol Road deserve to become a high priority on the Maine Department of Transportation’s 2018 to-do list.
The fact that the Day’s Cove culvert replacement, a necessary first step in the delayed sidewalk project, has been scheduled to begin on April 23 is a promising sign. However, there is still much concern that the right-of-way contact with homeowners may not be completed on schedule, which could “further delay” these projects.
Had the late ’80s Nike “just do it” ad campaign not been trademarked, the neighborhood might well have used that phrase for our “gentle reminders.” It better represents the thoughts we all have on every drive or walk to town.
Folks in the neighborhood would really be reassured if a firm timetable for the sidewalk work and the light capital paving was made public soon. I think everyone who uses this road on a daily basis would also appreciate knowing that there is an end in sight for what has been a frustration for every user.
If you are a Bristol Road homeowner and would like to participate in this “gentle reminder” campaign, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a few signs left and would love to have you join with us by planting them on your lawn.
Additional information of interest to all road users: The Bristol Road Community Association has been informed by the town that the contractor doing the culvert work provided the information below.
“Monday, (April) 23, we will have traffic down to one lane. We will be closing the road on (April) 24 to start the closure. It will be closed all of (April) 24 and half of (April) 25.”
Bob Piper, Damariscotta
Member, Bristol Road Community Association