Thursday, May 23, 2013
From staff and news services
Changes pave the way for new Route 1 bridge
Traffic will change in the coming weeks as construction on the new Route 1 bridge at Martin’s Point begins in earnest.
Lanes have been narrowed to 12 feet and shifted toward Interstate 295 to give crews more room to work.
The new Portland-to-Falmouth bridge spanning the Presumpscot Rover will be on the ocean side of the existing bridge, and heavy equipment will be used.
For now, cyclists and pedestrians can cross the bridge using the dedicated sidewalk in the work zone, said Carol Morris, project spokeswoman. At the end of next week, a 5-foot-wide path will be opened closer to the travel lanes. The sidewalk will be separated from traffic by a metal barrier, which is being placed.
The speed limit will be lowered from 40 mph to 30 mph by the end of next week, Morris said.
The new patterns will last for the duration of the $23.5 million project, expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.
Police looking for driver in crash that hurt cyclist
Police are looking for the driver of a light-colored sedan involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 13-year-old boy riding a bicycle Friday.
Police said the incident happened at 2:50 p.m. on Congress Street near Bramhall Fire Station. Witnesses said the car pulled out of an alley near 715 Congress St. and hit the westbound cyclist, then drove off, police said.
The boy’s injuries were not life-threatening but he was taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Portland police traffic division at 874-8532.
Stone Soup Food Pantry moving to 180 Main St.
The Stone Soup Food Pantry will move this week.
The pantry will move Thursday to the lower level of 180 Main St. Co-Director Kathy Duke said the move out of the current location at 316 Main St. was necessary because the building was sold and the new owner raised rental rates.
Pantry volunteers started moving items Monday, but will distribute food from the old location on Wednesday. The rest of the move will be made Thursday and Friday, and the pantry will reopen Monday in the new location.
Stone Soup is open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Duke said the new location will provide more room for the pantry’s clothes distribution program and plenty of space for people to socialize while they wait. The location is central for most of the pantry’s clients, who live primarily downtown.
Theater’s executive director leaves post after eight years
Steven C. Peterson is out as executive director of Maine State Music Theatre. The theater’s board of trustees announced his resignation Monday afternoon.
Peterson has held the post since 2004. He assumed dual duties as artistic director two seasons ago following the retirement of the theater’s longtime artistic director Charles Abbott.
No reason for Peterson’s resignation was given in a statement released by the board, and Peterson could not be reached for comment. In the statement, Peterson said he planned to return to the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., where last November he appeared in “Hairspray” and where in November he will perform in “Singing in the Rain.”
Stephanie Dupal, the organization’s general manager, will oversee operations while the theater searches for a new executive director, said board President Don Gerrish.
Suspect in local stabbing arrested, jailed in California
A man wanted on charges of stabbing a woman in Brunswick is in custody in California after his arrest by deputy U.S. marshals.
Brunswick police had been looking for Jamie Mondragon, 32, of Auburn since Sept. 30 when he allegedly stabbed a 25-year-old woman repeatedly, sending her to Maine Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
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