A Great Blue Heron, and lots of town residents, anticipate construction

A heron waits at the edge of the marsh for excavation to begin | Photo: Paul Gillis

| Paul Gillis |

Monday and Tuesday were beautiful days in New Gloucester, and the start of construction on the Stevens Brook culvert replacement is off to a good start. 

Some of the first steps are to build a road to the rear of the site to allow the cofferdam (temporary dam) to be constructed and a by-pass pump system installed to move upstream water from the brook around the construction activities. The temporary road crosses very soft sediment and requires three layers of thick wooden mats to keep the equipment from sinking.

The 2,200 cubic yards of sediment being removed averages two feet thick. Town of New Gloucester trucks are hauling it to the designated disposal site on Long Bennett Road.

The first two days of construction only required reducing Gloucester Hill Road to one lane, minimizing disruption. Wednesday the start of work to remove the existing culvert will necessitate closing the road completely.

Quiz Time
Question 1:
— If approximately 2,200 cubic yards of sediment needs to be hauled to the disposal site, and each truck holds 10 cubic yards, how many truckloads will be hauled?
A. 110 truckloads
B. 220 truckloads
C. 440 truckloads

Question 2:
— If approximately 2,200 cubic yards of sediment needs to be removed, with an average depth of 2 feet, how many square feet of area will be impacted?
A. 3,300 square feet
B. 9,876 square feet
C. 29,876 square feet

The town’s new dump truck ready for the next load | Photo: Paul Gillis