One day into Damariscotta's Main Street Construction Project aka The Little Dig, and the work is already behind schedule. Those of you who are paying attention will recall that the project was all over the media last week including articles in The Lincoln County News, pieces on Channel 6 and even a mention here (see below). Officials from the State of Maine D.O.T. came to Damariscotta and met with members of the Main Street business community and assured us that they would do their utmost to minimize disruptions to our businesses.
Well, they accomplished that. There was next to no traffic downtown this morning as most people heeded the warnings and found other routes into or out of town. But what also kept the traffic down was that no work occurred! Some flaggers in orange vests showed up and for a brief time one lone truck raised it's cherry picker and worked on the wires. A few supervisory types showed up and stood around down by the bridge but other than that nothing happened. Not one shovel full of dirt was turned over.
Was it too cold? It was only in the high 40's today. Was it the rain? That didn't start until after 3 this afternoon. We have a bad habit in this state of waiting until the busiest time of year to do our road work. There was hope that this project was going to be different but this is not a good beginning. Let's hope that come June 30, the date that the crews were expected to pack up and leave, we won't hear that they have to work further into the summer because they got a late start.