Bangor To Use $ 1.65 Million Grant To Improve Broadway Safety

One section of the road has experienced 80 accidents in a recent three-year period, according to the city engineer.

BANGOR, Maine – Bangor received a $ 1.65 million grant that will allow the city to improve safety on a section along Broadway from the Center Street intersection to the I- 95 southbound.

“This project was identified in a study of the Broadway corridor that was completed in 2015,” said City of Bangor engineer John Theriault. “The study identified the location as being heavily congested and having a high number of accidents. Between Center Street and the southbound access and exit ramps, there were nearly 80 accidents over a period of time. three years. ”

The $ 1.65 million comes from the federal government‘s RAISE grant program. The city has applied for the funding and Senator Susan Collins announced last week that Bangor was one of less than 100 national applications funded this year.

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“We’re going to line up the two southbound I-95 on and off ramps so that they actually intersect, which will make the intersection smaller, which will make the passage a bit safer.” for people, ”says Thériault.

The city will use other grant funds to transform Earle Avenue, next to Tri-City Pizza, into a “right in, right out”, based on preliminary design plans.

“We will also remove the access route on Center Street from Broadway,” Theriault added. “It will prevent people from jumping on Center Street at high speed.”

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City expects to invest $ 300,000 of its own funds in the project

The town of Houlton also received $ 15 million from this federal envelope. The money will be used to rebuild and make improvements to Foxcroft Rd. It is expected to provide safer access to health care and administrative facilities year round for the local tribal community.

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