CARMEL — Almost 1,800 people who drive U.S. Route 2 every day between the Maine communities of Bangor and Newport say the highway is “an accident waiting to happen.”

The motorists have signed a petition demanding improvements to the road.

Carmel Town Manager Tom Richmond says he plans to present the petition to officials from the Maine Department of Transportation and to members of the region’s legislative delegation.

Department of Transportation Regional Engineer John Devin says officials are aware of the problems on Route 2, but there’s no money to fix them.

Devin tells the Bangor Daily News one estimate for improvements to the 14½-mile stretch of Route 2 would probably cost $27 million.