Construction crews work on a crosswalk Wednesday that will extend across Main Street in downtown Waterville. The Lockwood Hotel is in the background. Crews are finalizing their work as the city prepares to adopt a two-way traffic pattern on Main and Front streets next Friday. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE — More changes are afoot as the downtown revitalization project comes to an end and traffic along two primary streets changes from one-way to two-way travel.

The plan was to have Main and Front streets revert to two-way traffic earlier this month, but drainage problems at two intersections had to be addressed so now the traffic change is scheduled to occur next Friday, Nov. 18.

In the meantime, city officials are advising motorists and pedestrians of some finishing touches that must be made in the final days.

Perhaps most notably, motorists for the next week won’t be able to access the Ticonic Bridge and Winslow from Main Street. Drivers will need to use Spring Street to reach the bridge.

Main and Front streets will be narrowed to a single lane until next Friday, and parking on Main Street will be limited so that work crews can paint center lines.

Starting Monday, flaggers will control the flow of traffic at the intersection of Main, Spring and Water streets so that new traffic signal controls can be installed.

City officials intend to advertise the changes on social platforms and elsewhere, and message boards will be placed downtown to alert drivers and pedestrians.

There will be extra police officers on patrol late next Thursday into Friday to help oversee the switch to two-way traffic on Main and Front streets.

The traffic change will represent the culmination of a two-year, $11.2 million downtown revitalization project by the city, Colby College and the state Department of Transportation that also included improved walkways, lighting, landscaping and intersections.

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