Construction Projects 

Last update: May 25, 2023

Reconstruction Projects

These projects are typically performed on urban streets where a closed drainage system (catch basins, underground pipes, etc.) is required. These projects can be very complex since other underground utilities are present and requires a high level of coordination and scheduling. Besides drainage, these projects also include: excavation of old gravels and pavement surfaces, installation of new gravels and pavements, curbing, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, signage, and striping. Since most general contractors do not perform all aspects of a project, multiple subcontractors are used for specialty work. Scheduling can become a complicated task especially when work is sometimes performed at night. The following is a list of current reconstruction projects within the City: 

  • 2022 Reconstruction Project-  French’s Lane, Brookside Circle, Ashe, Blake, Burns, Grove, Parker, Reed, Rowe, Taylor and Vernon Streets. Contractor surface paving Grove, Vernon and Burns week of 5/15 and will be followed by matches into driveway pavement. Contractor box cutting Taylor and Ashe week of 5/15.
  • 2023 Reconstruction Project – Second Street - Mill Street to End and Dunn Street - Second Street to South Main Street.  This project includes reconstruction of road and sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, upgrades to utilities and realignment of the Mill Street and Second Street intersection. Tentative schedule to begin late June.

Reclamation Projects

These projects are typically performed on rural roadways where an open drainage system (culverts, ditches and inslopes) is more practical. These projects consist of replacement of existing culverts, pulverization of the existing roadway surface, stabilization fabric, additional layer of surface gravel, new pavements, gravel shoulders, ditching and striping. The following is a list of current reclamation projects within the City: 

  • Perkins Ridge Road- Lapham Brook to West Auburn Road.  This will include reclamation and reconstruction, with upgrades to drainage. Contractor begins gravel placement week of 5/15 over reclaimed surface starting at the north end. Tentative road base paving date is 6/14.
  • Mount Auburn Avenue- BJ's/Home Depot entrances to compact urban line near Whiting Farm. This will include addition of sidewalk, pedestrian crossing, road widening for consistent width, utility upgrades, reclamation and reconstruction. Project also includes realignment of the layout and profile of the bend in the road near Whiting Farm to increase sight distances. Contractor continues to work on new drainage along the corridor. Alternate routes are encouraged. 

Pavement Restoration Projects

These projects are performed on roadways that require a surface maintenance. Milling (removal of 2” of existing roadway surface) is completed prior to repaving where curbing is present. Where curbing is not present, the roadway is shimmed and repaved. Once the pavement is installed, the roadway is striped. The following is a list of current pavement restoration projects within the City:

  • Marston Hill Road – West Auburn Road to Minot town line.
  • Brighton Hill Road- Marston Hill Road to Minot town line.  Ditching will be included in this project.
  • Hotel Road – Minot Avenue to Poland Spring Road.  Project is in design with anticipated bid date in 2023 and completion date in 2024.
  • Manley Road – Hotel Road to Rodman Road. Project is in design with anticipated bid date in 2023 and completion date in 2024.

Miscellaneous Projects

The following are other current projects within the City:

  • Landfill Monitoring- This is an ongoing bi-yearly compliance to monitor the ground water at the Gracelawn and Ash Landfills.
  • MS4 Stormwater Permit-  The City of Auburn is regulated by MDEP to discharge stormwater into waters of the State (Androscoggin River). This is an ongoing yearly permit requirement.
  • 2022 Drain Repair and Investigation- the City continues to investigate the condition of its miles of underground drainage system. 

Locally Administered Projects

These projects are designed and built with coordination of the Maine Department of Transportation and the City of Auburn and includes Federal funds.

  • Main/Mill/Broad Streets Intersection Project – This project includes ADA upgrades, geometric re-alignments and pedestrian safety improvements.  Project begins April 17. Daytime construction activities will take place between 9:00AM and 4:00PM and shall maintain one lane of traffic in each direction. Contractor continues to install new drainage.
  • Traffic Signal Upgrades-  This project includes upgrades to various traffic signals within the City including connectivity, controllers, detection and ADA ramps. Project will begin 2023.

MDOT Projects

These projects are designed and built with coordination of the Maine Department of Transportation and the City of Auburn.

  • Iron Bridge Wearing Surface Replacement- The project is the replacement of the concrete wearing surface of the bridge near Rolly's Diner. Project begins April 24. The construction process will allow for one-way traffic in both directions with a minimum of 10' lanes. The contractor will complete the work in two phases (one half at a time). Contractor began the second half of the bridge week of 5/15.

Projects in Design

The following are projects that are currently in design:

  • Hotel Road Reconstruction- Lewiston Junction Road to East Hardscrabble Road.  Project include full depth reconstruction of the existing roadway. Project anticipated for bidding August 2023.
  • Library Avenue Reconstruction- This CDBG funded project includes the full depth reconstruction designs of Library Avenue from Union Street to Spring Street, Troy Street from Hampshire Street to Turner Street, Spring Street from Hampshire Street to Troy Street and Pleasant Street from Hampshire Street to Turner Street. Design has been completed.
  • Merrow Road- Hotel Road to Minot Avenue. Project to include a turning lane at Hotel Road, improved geometric alignment, drainage, reclamation and reconstruction. 
  • Court Street Improvements- Project to include changes in curbing and striping layout to enhance safety and pedestrian access.

For complete details on any City of Auburn project, click on "Bid Notices" in the left column of this page, and visit the "Closed Bid" section

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