2019-02-07 / Community News

Saco traffic meeting is Feb. 13

The city of Saco, Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Saco City Hall to hear public feedback on options for managing traffic patterns in the Route 112/Exit 36 area.

Last spring, the city launched a study to evaluate potential improvements to the morning and evening congestion that occurs on Route 112 and surrounding roads. Previous analysis had produced a list of short and long-term potential options, including improving intersections and traffic signals, restricting turn movements, widening turnpike ramps, or constructing a new road between the turnpike and Route 112, among others. All ideas have been evaluated and the various options will be rolled out for public feedback at the meeting.

Study data will give the city, MaineDOT and Maine Turnpike Authority information for making effective decisions on improving traffic flow and public safety in this area. The range of options includes those that could be implemented in both the short and long term.

“We’ve had a great turnout for the previous two public meetings and hope to see the same for this final meeting,” said Patrick Fox, director of Saco Public Works. “There are multiple challenges being addressed by this study, and many are complex, so we are looking forward to an active conversation and lots of questions so people fully understand the options.”

Those unable to attend the meeting can visit http://sacomaine.org/route112 on the morning of Feb. 14 to view an online presentation that includes the options. Email comments are welcome and must be submitted by Feb. 28.

The study will be completed in late spring. A final report will be available online.

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