News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 27, 2018
Construction to prevent erosion on Water Street

Proceed with caution

A section of Water Street under construction has half the road, which is a one way, closed off while work progresses. Drivers can still proceed slowly around the work.

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A construction project that has been happening on Water Street since July is not a town project, but a private one that will improve the infrastructure on the water side of the street once it is completed, according to town manager Jimmy Goodson.

“The Modesett family purchased the Larsson residence on the hill up from Water Street,” said Goodson. “Across the street there is a second parcel which transferred with the Larsson house.”

It is the second parcel of land that is undergoing a transformation, as the Modesett family decided to remove the mass amounts of Oriental knotweed, better known as invasive bamboo, that had taken over the property. The family has also contracted with Greg Bowden of Bowden and Son Construction to install shoreland stabilization to prevent further erosion of the steep bank. Prock Marine out of Rockland is installing a residential pier, ramp and float system for access to the water, said Goodson.

Goodson said the project began in July and has a completion date set for late October.