Old Port street paving will cause delays and parking issues throughout the month of May.
The Maine Department of Transportation is getting ready to perform two street paving projects in the city on Franklin and Commercial Streets and Spring, Middle and Temple Streets.
The Franklin-Commercial Street project involves the paving of the full width of the street on Franklin from Middle Street to Commercial Street and on Commercial Street from Franklin Street to the International Marine Terminal. There will be no parking or deliveries in the work zones to minimize the duration of the paving project.
Two-way traffic will be maintained to the extent possible. Motorists and pedestrians should expect delays. Flaggers will be stationed at all intersections to help people navigate safely through the construction area. All businesses, driveways and side streets will be accessible within active work zones.
Paving preparation activity for the Spring/Middle/Temple Streets project begins Wednesday, April 27th with milling operations, followed by utility system adjustments the week of May 2nd through 6th. Paving is expected to begin the week of May 9th. Work will be conducted on Middle Street from Temple to Franklin, all of Temple St, and on Spring between Temple and State Street.
Construction activity is allowed from sunrise to sunset. The work is scheduled for all weekdays but there may be activity on Saturdays as needed. One-way alternating traffic will create delays. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling in these work zones. “No Parking” postings will be strictly enforced in construction zones. The paving schedule is highly weather dependent and subject to change.
Upon completion of the paving of Spring/Middle/Temple Streets project, the angled parking on Spring Street will be converted to pull-in spaces following the trial period of the reverse-angled parking.
The decision to change the reverse-angle comes following observations that City staff conducted over the winter. The recommendation to discontinue reverse-angle parking is not due to overall compliance rates, but due to challenges for parking control officers. Since this is a “pay and display” area, parking workers have to walk into the right of way to ensure that cars have paid for their parking.
The below graphic highlights more specific dates and times of construction.