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Monday, December 12, 2011

From Franklin Street to Back Cove, on Foot (at last)

The Maine Department of Transportation has almost finished spending $200,000 to build this short section of trail.

Which that it's now possible to take a nice walk from East Bayside to Back Cove, for the first time since I-295 was built in the 1970s (photo by Baysider Alex Landry):

Technically it's still under construction, so you'll need to wait a few more days before you can hold the state legally liable for the substandard crosswalks on Marginal Way and Franklin Street. Nevertheless, it's very much usable, and surprisingly pleasant for the amount of traffic in the vicinity - remember to wave "hello" to the bitter motorists waiting impatiently at the traffic lights.


Patrick said...
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Patrick said...

Errr... since when do they wait at the lights? The newish "no right on red" sign at the bottom of the exit ramp is constantly ignored, and people turning onto Marginal from Franklin don't understand how protected green arrows work.

Someone is going to get hit by a car that rolls through a red at the bottom of that ramp - mark my words.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy the project is nearly done - I have used the new path several times already!

John said...

Perhaps the next advocacy task for this location is get the police to do a "No right on red" sting or three.