AUGUSTA — A $13.5 million project to reconstruct the primary road in Ogunquit and build two new bridges is getting underway.

Maine Department of Transportation officials say construction work in the coastal Southern Maine town will begin this week. They hope to finish by December 2016.

Construction on Route 1 will be put on hold from June 18 through Labor Day so the town can accommodate the thousands of tourists who visit every summer.

Temporary bridges will be used to keep traffic moving, allowing workers to continue construction of the new bridges over the Ogunquit and Josias rivers at that time.