Construction continues on below grade utility improvements on this revitalization project. This two-year project is expected to remain active throughout 2022 before substantial completion.


Week of 5/20/2022-5/27/2022

No significant traffic disruptions are anticipated this month. However, construction vehicles may be entering and exiting the site on Main Street. Use caution in this area.
 
Closures on Main Street from Bridge to Mechanic Street will occur in June to allow for deep construction of 100-year-old utilities and infrastructure.
Parallel parking along Main Street near Westbrook Common may be difficult due to entering and exiting construction vehicles.
 
The new temporary parking lot at Saccarappa Park is a good option for parking when visiting downtown Westbrook.
Sidewalks on the Westbrook Common’s side of Main St remain closed. Pedestrian access is maintained to all businesses around Westbrook Common. No bus line disruptions anticipated this week.


Westbrook Common was transformed from a city street to a pedestrian mall during 1970’s urban renewal efforts.

Underground utilities in the common area were installed in the early 1900s to provide power, drainage, and water to the area businesses + residents. These vital utilities must be replaced before the common area can be transformed into a welcoming + aesthetically attractive gathering space for the community. Additional parallel parking along Main Street added, along with a new 3-phase transformer to power area businesses + downtown lighting.


Traffic Disruption

Main Street

  • Sept – Dec 2021: at least one lane of traffic will be closed to allow for creation of five (5) new parallel parking spaces in front of Westbrook Common.
  • Jan 2022-Dec 2022: Alternating one way traffic on Main Street is needed to connect to utility’s under the street and within the right of way corridor.

Parking Disruption

  • Portions of Church Street Public Parking Lot (adjacent to Wm. Clarke Drive) will be used as the contractor’s laydown area.
  • New parallel parking spots may not be available until project completion.
  • Over 50 new temporary parking spots have been created at Saccarappa Park.

Pedestrian + Bus (Metro) Disruptions

Crosswalks along Main Street may be temporarily closed + relocated during the construction in 2022.

No disruptions to the bus stations or routes are anticipated due to this project. The Mechanic Street bus shelter will be located near Walker Memorial Library.

Other

Northeast Credit Union will sponsor the first season of concerts in the park for Westbrook Common.