The Maine Department of Transportation should be congratulated for their proactive support regarding the Water Street reconstruction in Hallowell.

It should be noted that the DOT took the initiative to make it known that all area businesses are open during the historic reconstruction. The department had the insight to post electronic signage at three major roads coming into the town announcing that the area businesses were open and accessible. It produced printable traffic maps showing the direction of traffic patterns on Water Street, including temporary parking spaces that are available to the shoppers at the DOT’s temporary field office.

The office, by the way, is also on Water Street, again giving the public the assurances that they can pop their heads in and get updates on the progress — and progress can be seen on a daily basis.

As a consumer and a member of the art community in Hallowell, I am impressed with the DOT’s positive influence in looking ahead to make Hallowell even more welcoming while construction moves forward.

Gary Levine


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