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Maine DOT and Bar Harbor Route 3 Gateway Project Forum Set for October 25th

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BAR HARBOR – Members of a citizen’s advisory committee, working on the redesign of Route 3 into Bar Harbor, are ready to present a draft problem and a vision statement for public comment, at an open community forum from 4:30 -6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25  in the Council Chambers of the Bar Harbor Municipal Building. The group has been working since the end of July, and has viewed videos showing conditions of the entire project areas. Group members have conducted field visits in four sections of the Route 3 corridor: Ireson Hill into Hulls Cove, the village of Hulls Cove, the entrance to Acadia National Park and the Bluffs, and from Duck Brook into town.

The group has identified 17 factors that they feel should be addressed throughout the project area, using a “context sensitive solutions” approach to solving particular problems in each section. Goals include providing safe, efficient auto, truck and bus traffic, safe pedestrian and bicyclist use, protecting scenic views, providing good buffers for residences, solving drainage and erosion problems and keeping the welcoming, tree-lined feel to the whole corridor.

The work of committee members takes inspiration from comments from an initial public forum in June, said Ron Beard, of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, who is facilitating the process, which will result in recommendations for a redesign of Route 3.
He points to the conclusion of the draft vision statement, which reads: “This is our gateway, whether making a wonderful first impression or providing a sense that we have come home. We want Route 3 to serve as an example, blending the best of design and construction strategies with scenic qualities, at a human scale that fits our community. We want it to be worthy of our heritage and our future, as a destination for visitors and as a vibrant, year-round community for year-round and seasonal residents.”

Following the community forum, the advisory committee will finalize the problem and vision statements and begin to work with Maine Department of Transportation designers to outline solutions that fulfill the community vision. A follow-up public forum will be held early in 2011 to share results and seek input, before the advisory committee and MaineDOT present a final conceptual design. Funding for engineering studies could start to flow in 2011, with possible construction, likely in phases, starting in 2014.

Copies of draft documents and committee minutes, along with other background, are posted at the Hancock County Planning Commission website: http://www.hcpcme.org/barharbor/css/index.htm

For More Information:

Contact Name: Ron Beard

Telephone Number: (207)667-8212

Website: http://

Email: ronald.beard@maine.edu