BANGOR – If you use Bangor’s Ohio Street during your morning commute, you may notice that bridge construction is in full swing.
Detours are in place, but it’s still going to greatly affect drivers, schools and businesses in that area.
“I think the primary impact is going to be folks who rely on Ohio Street to get from one side of 95 to the other,” said Maine Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Paul Merrill.
That impact will be great for the groundskeepers at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, which is split by Interstate 95.
“It’s going to make the job a little more challenging than usual,” said Director of the Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery Joseph Gallant. “Once we start mowing and getting the cemetery ready for the spring we’re going to have to move all of our equipment around the detour to get to the west side of the cemetery.”
Gallant said they only have one trailer, which means they’ll have to take multiple riding mowers from one side of the cemetery to the other one at a time. But he says they’re prepared for the changes.
“I’ve also been talking with the area funeral directors so they’re aware when we do have a committal, they’re going to have to do a detour if the committal is going to be on the west side,” said Gallant.
Temporary changes will be in place for a nearby school as well.
“We’re trying to build in extra time for the bus,” said All Saints Catholic School Principal Matthew Houghton.
Westland Street will be a busy connector between Ohio and Union Streets, and there is a temporary street light there to alleviate traffic.
“There are traffic detour maps posted on our website, there’s a pedestrian detour and there’s information about the 95 changes,” said Merrill.
You can find all of that information at mainedot.gov.