St. John Valley

MDOT road work on hold in Frenchville

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A Maine Department of Transportation road project in Frenchville has paused due to concrete fabrication delays. 

The Maine Department of Transportation contracted with Ed Pelletier and Sons Co. to begin work on a culvert under the Gagnon Brook Bridge in Frenchville on Monday, Aug. 24.

The company received the contract in the amount of $2,960,000.

The bridge is on Route 1 over Gagnon Brook and is about a half-mile south of the intersection of Route 1 and Pelletier Avenue.  

“The fabrication delay is partially because of slower production as the fabricator follows COVID-19 safety protocols,” said the MDOT’s Paul Merrill. 

“Some of the clearing and grade work has been done, but there has been no work on site for a few weeks because we’re awaiting arrival of the first pieces of the new concrete culvert,” Merrill said. 

MDOT began work in early July, and had originally said drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern during the project, which was expected to be done on Nov. 25. 

Despite the holdup, Merrill said the work should still be completed by mid- to late November.

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