Winthrop does not have enough money to fix the worst road in town. That road is Memorial Drive, which many folks travel daily, not just to their homes, but as a throughway to the Readfield area or Augusta area.

Yet the town has found money to have Metcalf Road redone, a project that many in town don’t think is needed. That road is in fine shape compared to Memorial Drive. Could someone explain the logic in this decision making? I have expressed my concern to Matt Burnham, the superintendent of the highway department, and have spoken in the past to our town manager, Peter Neilson. In my last conversation with Peter, a few months ago, before they even started to redo Metcalf Road, he explained that so much work needs to be done on Memorial Drive and there just isn’t enough funds to tackle that huge project.

Therefore, my question is: Why does the town decide to do a road that is in much better condition and waste that money when it could be better spent in redoing Memorial Drive, which is in deplorable shape?

It is an embarrassment for visitors who love our area, along with our wonderful neighbors who use this beautiful drive along Maranacook Lake to experience such a road. I for one would be more than happy to put the money our family spends on wheel alignments yearly on our three vehicles toward this needed work. I’m sure there are many on the drive that feel the same. Hopefully our town will take this matter seriously and rectify this situation.

Debbie Sherman


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