We recently updated our press release site. Press releases submitted before February 6, 2012 are displayed below. For the most recent releases, click here.

Bar Harbor Route 3 Gateway Project of the Maine DOT – initial meeting to take place

Bar Harbor -

BAR HARBOR – The initial meeting of the Project Advisory Committee for the Bar Harbor Route 3 Gateway Project of the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) will be held from 1 – 3 pm on Tuesday, August 3rd in the Bar Harbor Municipal Building.

The project will lead to recommendations for a redesign of Route 3, from Ireson Hill to Cottage Street, addressing long-standing concerns about automobile, pedestrian, bicycle uses of the road and corridor.

Following an informational meeting on the project on June 23, Fred Michaud of the Maine DOT interviewed a number of citizens who had expressed interest in serving on the project advisory committee. The following were named as members: Anne Krieg; Bonnie Lyons; Chris Fogg; Dean S. Read; Deb Dyer; Dick Cough; Elspeth Flemings; Francis Russell; Fred Michaud; James Blanchard; James H. Fisher; Joe Minutolo; John Kelly; Kim Harty; Kyle Johnson; Lewis Gerrish; Millard Dority, Paul MacQuinn; Sharon Tate; Stephanie Clement and Terri Needham.

Ron Beard, of University of Maine Cooperative Extension will facilitate the process.

The project will pilot a new citizen engagement process for Maine DOT called context sensitive solutions, in which local stakeholders study the problems and opportunities for improvements, agree on criteria for a successful solution, and make recommendations to balance safety with environmental, aesthetic, scenic, historic and natural resource values important to the community.

A website is being set up by the Hancock County Planning Commission with background and progress about the project at www.hcpcme.org/barharbor

The August 3rd meeting will be organizational but members of the public are welcome to observe this and all meetings. For more information, contact Fred Michaud, Maine Department of Transportation 207-624-3279

For More Information:

Contact Name: Ronald Beard

Telephone Number: (207)667-8212

Website: http://

Email: ronald.beard@maine.edu