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Fort Kent receives grant money from BikeMaine

FORT KENT, Maine — As a result of being one of the host locations for the annual BikeMaine event last September, the town of Fort Kent qualifies to apply for grant funding from BikeMaine for as long as the organization exists.

Fort Kent Director of Economic Planning and Development Steve Pelletier applied for and received funds this year to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the town.

“We were awarded a BikeMaine grant just under $4,000 to assist with the purchase of a set of flashing pedestrian signs that will be placed at one of the new crosswalks located on East Main Street next to the entrance to Riverside Park,” Pelletier said. “This crosswalk was installed to link the Riverside North and South Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails.”

“As part of the same project, we are hoping to get another set of flashing lights from the Maine Department of Transportation,” Pelletier added.

The town would place those signs at another new crosswalk located next to the new public parking lot on West Main Street.

“The crosswalks were installed to ADA compliance but the flashing pedestrian signs will make it much easier to traverse the crosswalk,” Pelletier said. 

Pelletier said the town hopes to install the signs by the end of summer or fall.

JBBC Inc. installed the crosswalks last summer.

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