The dairy cows used to graze there.  Now the deer do the same.  There's also a giant beaver dam out there that folks would see if they took a second to gaze away from the road.  It's very serene out there.

More than likely the serenity will eventually be replaced with pavement and big rigs screaming by on the way to the airline, Route 9.

The Maine Department of Transportation will hold a preliminary public meeting to discuss the proposed Highway Construction project for the Route 9 Connector which begins at the intersection of Route 1A and I-395 in Brewer to Route 9 in Eddington, according to a recent press release.

It will happen on Wednesday, June 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Eddington Elementary School, at 440 Main Road.  Anyone with an interest is invited, and to voice their thoughts.

Reps of the MDOT will on hand to listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in this what looks to be a pending project.  Recently, $25 million in federal funds was earmarked towards the project, according to Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

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If you've ever sat at the traffic light at the intersection of Route 1A and 46 in East Holden, you know how many big trucks use 46 to get to Route 9, thus the reasoning behind the concept of the connector.

Obviously though, property owners in the line of fire are very concerned.  Some have either sold already or are in the process of doing so.  Others are holding tight, and frightened as to what's to come.

Is this a sign of things to come?  Think about where the traffic really goes....downeast.  Can you picture a day when I-395 eventually winds it way to Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island?  Man, that'll make for a fun meeting.


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