University, town sidewalk project aims to improve South Street
FARMINGTON - The local public works department has been hard at work tearing up pavement on South Street this week, in a project supported by the town and University of Maine at Farmington.
The excavation and repaving is an extension of a similar project that was completed last year, according to Farmington Public Works Director Denis Castonguay. The sidewalk is being lowered to the level of the street, then paved and bordered with new curbing. In addition to improving access and making the sidewalk more handicapped accessible, Castonguay said the new sidewalk would widen the parking area on narrow South Street and streamline drainage.
The plan is to leave the opposite side of South Street, near the entrance of the Olsen Student Center, alone for now. The sidewalk improvements will match up with a similar project completed on the other end of South Street last year.
Castonguay estimated that the town was providing roughly $10,000 in excavation labor and gravel, while UMF was providing a like amount in pavement and curbing. The town's contribution, he noted, did not include any fiscal expenditure.
The public works department hopes to have the excavation done within the next few days, with the sidewalk constructed and open for business before students get back for the fall semester.