MOUNT DESERT — Concerns about the stability of the cliff above Peabody Drive (Route 3), on the opposite side of the harbor from the marina in Northeast Harbor, has prompted the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) to look at ways to shore it up.
“Pieces of the ledge face tumble down to the side of the road at times, likely loosened by the freeze-thaw cycles,” said Mount Desert public works director Tony Smith.
Paul MacDonald, a MDOT highway project manager, said plans have been developed for “preliminary engineering” for stabilizing the “rock back slope.”
But that doesn’t mean anything will actually be done any time soon.
“This is not a high problem area,” Mr. MacDonald said. “This location is being evaluated for severity compared to other similar rock slopes throughout the state. The data collected will enable the department to prioritize the spending of its limited construction dollars.”
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