AUGUSTA- Authorities say there may be a common denominator that connects a series of car accidents in Rome over the past few months and crashes in Bar Harbor last October.
Officials from the Maine D.O.T have banned the use of a protective road sealant statewide after reports of multiple crashes on route 225 in Rome where workers applied the sealant in June.
“We’re looking to see if the sealant may have been over applied. But in the meantime, out of an abundance of caution, we’ve micro-milled up the surface, essentially tore up the pavement in question, give it a little bit of a rougher surface to make sure there is enough traction there and we’ve paused the fog sealant statewide while we look to see exactly what happened in this situation,” says Maine D.O.T Spokesman Paul Merrill.
He says they are currently investigating if the sealant is to blame for the slick road conditions on route 225.
But this isn’t the only time the sealant has raised concerns.
Last October multiple accidents were reported in a short period of time on route 3 in Bar Harbor.
Two months earlier, Merrill says MDOT workers had used the same sealant on that stretch of road.
“There were a couple of things in play in Bar Harbor. We looked into that and we’re confident we could make sure that this was happening right in the future, it may still have we don’t know exactly what contributed to any potential issues in Rome but that’ll be something we’ll look into as we move forward,” Merrill says.
Merrill says the sealant is a cost-effective treatment to fill cracks and imperfections and persevere the pavement. Giving it a better driving surface.
He says there are multiple factors as to why those accidents may have occurred. But the exact cause remains under investigation.