WATERVILLE – A 94-year-old Waterville man was among the construction workers building the new Interstate-95 exit ramp.
It was the second time the interstate has played a role in Gid Pelotte’s life.
Friday morning, Mr. Pelotte was sitting in a bench on his farm, directly across from where exit 124 intersects with state Route 104. He’s lived on his land since 1941. But when I-95 was built, it changed the farm’s layout.
“I had to move from one place to the other. They built ’95 right through the farm we had on the other side of the road.” said Pelotte.
94 year old still operates back hoe and helped build new interstate ramp. A lot of people in their nineties slow down a little. Not Gid Pelotte. People driving by his farm are not surprised to see him operating one piece heavy machinery or another.
Pelotte said “Oh, I mow all the fields and that. And I run the bulldozer and the shovel. I do most anything.”
The construction company building the interstate ramps hired Mr. Pelotte, his son, and his equipment.
“I run the front-end loader. The big loader. We loaded gravel on the other side of the road. Loaded gravel for them. Loaded their trucks.” added Pelotte.
Like anyone, Mr. Pelotte said he can always use an extra paycheck. He said “They pay very good.”
Pelotte concluded “I ain’t gonna retire ’till I die.