WEST GARDINER — Maine Turnpike Authority officials say they don’t expect any major traffic problems when repaving on a five-mile stretch of the highway between West Gardiner and Litchfield begins.

The work is expected to take place in April and cost about $3.2 million and take place between April 9 and Aug. 25.

Studies done by the agency indicate that the work can take place between 7 p.m. Sunday and noon Friday without having a major impact on traffic.

Spokesman Dan Morin tells the Kennebec Journal the project falls within a planned program of pavement rehabilitation that involves repaving a section of highway every 12 to 15 years.

He says a pre-bid conference last week for eligible contractors attracted representatives from seven firms and bids for road work have been coming in lower than the estimates.

“We’re getting very good prices,” he said.

The West Gardiner Maineline Toll Plaza — the one on the main section of the Interstate 95 between Lewiston and West Gardiner — also is in line for work involving repaving, drainage, pavement marking and other work. That project is expected to cost an additional $1 million.

More information about the project, including specifics, is available at the Maine Turnpike Authority’s website at www.maineturnpike.com/contract_bids/contract_bids.php.

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