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Posted on: October 19, 2021

**MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT** Baxter Boulevard Additional Traffic Impacts Starting November 1, 2021

Starting November 1, 2021, Baxter Boulevard Closure will be extended from Dartmouth Street to Preble Street.  Dartmouth Street at Ricker Park will also be closed. This closure is scheduled to last three (3) weeks until end of day, November 19, 2021.   

The closure is due to the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project, being constructed by Sargent Corporation. The project is progressing with the installation of storage pipe towards Dartmouth Street. To continue with the construction progress, more of Baxter Boulevard will be closing.  

Please watch for the road closed signs and please plan to seek alternate routes during the construction of the project.

Back Cove Trail will remain open during the entire construction project. 

This project is one of the City’s latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows into Back Cove. The work to reduce overflows is part of the City’s agreement with the U.S. EPA to reduce and eliminate the flow of combined waste being discharged. A combined sewer system transports wastewater from home, industries, and businesses, as well as storm water collected from streets, parking lots, roofs, and yards to the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant. A combined sewer overflow occurs when the combined sewer capacity is overwhelmed during heavy rain events and a mix of sewer and storm water is discharged into Back Cove.

The work involves the installation of a 2.25-million-gallon storage conduit with the construction of 1,700 linear feet of 8-foot by 20-foot precast concrete box conduit and 2,133 feet of 60” sewer pipe. The project also involves new diversion structures, local sewers and storm drainage improvements. Installation of drainage outfalls that discharge into Back Cove, water main replacement in Dartmouth Street, utility work within the intersection of Forest Avenue and Dartmouth Street.

The project schedule and related graphics can be found on the Public Works Projects website: https://www.portlandmaine.gov/2577/Back-Cove-West-Storage-Conduit

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If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Nathaniel Smith, Project Engineer at 207-874-8818 or nhs@portlandmaine.gov

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