2018-04-16 / Front Page

Lisbon project begins Tuesday

Sidewalk upgrades taking place in Union Street area
Times Record Staff


Sidewalk improvements are coming to Lisbon Falls.

Construction on Union Street will start Tuesday, improving the sidewalks in the area, paid for by a grant that minimizes the financial impact for the town of Lisbon.

Starting Tuesday, Union Street will be closed to through traffic during the project — but a lane will be open for people who live and work on the street. Tracey Steuber, the town’s economic and community development director, said businesses will still be open and residents who use the parking lots will be able to access the lots.

“As far as getting to the property and for the people who park behind the buildings there,” she said, “those folks will be able to get to those parking lots.”

Union Street is the first phase of the downtown revitalization project, as work will continue toward the Route 196 intersection. A second project will begin in May on the block at 689 Lisbon St. that will become a Rusty Lantern Market.

With the two projects happening at the same time, it’s possible motorists will see some delays in traffic.

While that work is starting, the town is awaiting word in May about a similar $300,000 grant that would be used for sidewalk projects in the Lisbon Village area.

At their meeting Tuesday night, town councilors will consider authorizing an application for another grant, which would assist the town’s emergency medical services.

Lisbon Emergency provides EMS services to Lisbon and Bowdoin. Not charged by the agency in the past, the two towns are now going to have to help fund the provider’s operations. The provider has initially requested $129,885 from Lisbon and $30,000 from Bowdoin for services. Both towns are eligible to apply for a grant to assist in paying for that expense.

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