Research Projects - U.S.Route 1 Reconstruction
U.S.Route 1 Reconstruction in Warren, Maine a Survey of Community Response to the Department of Transportation’s Application of Context Sensitive Solutions
Authors: Kathy Weymouth, Karen Curtis, Michelle Mason Webber
This study assesses public reaction and impact regarding the Maine Department of Transportation’s new application of a “context sensitive solutions model” to a road reconstruction project in Warren, Maine, and offers a potential template for assessing similar projects planned and underway along U.S. Route 1 in Maine. MDOT’s context-sensitive model includes the pursuit, evaluation and incorporation (when applicable) of input from area citizens and other stakeholder parties potentially impacted by proposed highway reconstruction project. Where conflicts exist, this road construction model can be potentially flexible enough to weigh citizen concerns against Federal highway standards and accommodate those concerns through requested waivers from the Federal Department of Transportation. MDOT used the context-sensitive model for both the Town of Warren and Town of Camden’s highway reconstruction projects. It resulted in the Department’s requesting design modifications from the Federal Department of Transportation, which were granted. To assess the extent to which flexible design solutions have been successful in the Town of Warren, MDOT has sponsored this research project to (1) survey stakeholders in the Town of Warren, (2) evaluate the level of customer satisfaction, and (3), in the process, develop a survey model that can be applied to Lincolnville and future highway reconstruction projects.