Comprehensive improvements were made to downtown roads in Waterville, Maine, according to Centralmaine.com, as part of an ongoing $11.2 million downtown revitalization project that includes extensive roadwork.
In the meantime, drivers should expect detours and delays on many downtown roads. Motorists should also take care when driving on or near these roads since many car accidents occur in work zones.
Waterville road improvement project
Primarily funded by a $7.3 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the $11.2 million construction project involves many road improvements to downtown Waterville, according to Centralmaine.com and WABI 5 News. Such improvements include:
- Transforming part of Front Street from a one-way road into a two-way road near where Front Street intersects with College Avenue.
- Turning part of Colby Street into a two-way road and combining part of Colby with College Avenue.
- Converting downtown Front Street and Main Street into two-way roads by this October or November.
- Repaving parts of College Avenue and Front Street.
Crooker Construction of Topsham, Maine, has been hired to do the work, along with Kleinfelder Inc., an engineering, construction management, and design services firm. The road improvement project must be completed by Nov. 5.
Construction zone car accidents
While the construction work is being done in downtown Waterville, police recently advised drivers to expect minor delays when driving through downtown Waterville. However, drivers should also be careful since road work accidents often occur in areas where roadway construction is happening.
An estimated 100,000 car accidents occur every year in road work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Speeding often causes crashes in road construction zones. In particular, an estimated 25 percent of road work accidents were caused by speeders.
Other common causes of road construction collisions include:
- Distracted drivers, including drivers who are texting while driving
- Aggressive drivers who tailgate and cause rear-end accidents
- Tired drivers who fall asleep on the road and crash into road workers or other vehicles
- Drunk drivers or drivers under the influence of other drugs
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