April 07, 2020
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News in brief GREENBUSH: DOT PLANS ROUTE 2 DETOUR ON MONDAY

Work on the Maine Department of Transportation project to provide added stability to the roadside slope on U.S. Route 2 will continue next week. A one-day road closure and detour is planned for Monday, Oct. 30. If the work is not completed in one day, the detour will continue into the next day. The slope partially collapsed over the Fourth of July weekend when water-saturated soil broke off and slid toward the Penobscot River. “We ended up closing Route 2 and undertaking emergency repairs at the time of the initial slope failure. Now we’re taking proactive steps to see if we can prevent further slope failure or at least make the slope more stable,” Janis Piper, project manager in DOT’s region four office, stated in a press release. The project will build a groundwater collection trench, approximately 22 feet deep, to intercept groundwater before it reaches the riverbank slope, reducing the amount of water saturating soil in the slope.


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