A recently discovered eagle’s nest may mean the end of the proposed Route 1 bypass in Wiscasset.

The Department of Transportation announced it is now reevaluating the decades-long effort to build a road to relieve congestion in downtown Wiscasset.

The nest was discovered in the path of the proposed route for the bypass. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service informed the department last month that the nest is protected and may not be moved.

The department is now deciding whether to resubmit an application for an alternative route to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The alternative routes are north of the previous route approved by the engineers.

A meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 with the Midcoast Bypass Task Force, which includes area officials, to decide whether to proceed. Time and location has yet to be determined.