The pedestrian island in front of the Oddfellows Hall is taking shape. Crews are raising structures on Forest Avenue in preparation for surface paving. Signal work has taken place and new traffic signs on mast arms have been installed. Over the course of the next few weeks, crews will work on Deering Avenue placing concrete in the utility trenches. A milling machine will remove the existing pavement surface and paving crews will place new surface pavement. Sidewalk and curb installation will continue on Forest Avenue and tie into the side streets. Farther north on Forest Avenue, between Pleasant Street and Hartley Street, the existing striping pattern will be removed and the new striping pattern will be painted, resulting in two lanes of outbound traffic. The new striping pattern will also include new bike lanes.
Motorists will have to adjust to a new traffic pattern as crews install new traffic islands on Forest Avenue, south of Woodfords Corner and on Forest Avenue at Concord Street. Concord Street will no longer be one way enter only, but the island will prohibit northbound Forest Avenue traffic from turning onto Concord Street. This is being done as a safety measure due to the proximity of the railroad tracks. This island will also prevent southbound traffic from driving around the railroad gate when trains are about to come through.
MaineDOT thanks you for your patience as we head into the home stretch on this project.