As commuters are well aware, a portion of Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road has been used as a detour for traffic traveling out of Bar Harbor for the past eight months or so, as work continued on the Route 3 reconstruction project.

Beginning either today or Thanksgiving Day, traffic will be up and running once again in both directions, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Transportation.

"The reconstruction of Route 3 has progressed south of Crooked Road into Bar Harbor, to the endpoint at the intersection of Routes 3 and 233. When completed, the work will result in paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians, some new sidewalks, improved existing sidewalks upgraded to meet ADA standards and safer crossings with electronic crossing signs. Also, a new multi-use path will run along part of the roadway and the intersection at Mt. Desert St. and West St. will be improved, as will overall drainage and runoff management", according to the release.

The entire project is due to be completed sometime this coming spring.

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