It's been a very long time coming.

It's just about complete, and the Maine Department of Transportation and its contractors are putting the finishing touches on the massive Route 3 reconstruction project this week. The project has lasted approximately two and a half years, producing a wider, safer road, better drainage and new utility poles.

By the end of this week, the current detour utilizing the Park Loop Road within Acadia National Park will end, and normal two-way traffic will resume on the entire stretch of Route 3.

Here is what workers will focus on this week according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

  • Painting striping and traffic symbols along the entire length of the project
  • Seeding and mulching loamed areas
  • Final landscaping near West Street intersection
  • Removing construction and detour signage along the project and the Park Loop Road