In this weeks Mount Desert Islander a few major construction projects were announced for the upcoming summer and fall months, two within Acadia National Park and the other involved a major road rebuilt of a long section of route 3 as you approach Bar Harbor, Maine.
The section of route 3 will be rebuilt, not merely repaved, so backed up traffic and delays can be expected. Even if traffic is rerouted you can expect it to add some to your travel time. As far as an exact start date for this project - it has not yet been set but is expected to begin this fall. The stretch of route 3 to be rebuilt is from Ireson Hill all the way to Mount Desert Street in downtown Bar Harbor.
Acadia National Park has two sewer projects that will begin this coming September, one will be at the Sieur de Monts Spring area and will reduce parking there to one third of what it normally is, and will mean the Island Explorer Buses will not be stopping there during this time. This construction project is expected to end by the end of next May, and anyone wanting to go to the area of Sieur de Monts Springs will have to ask to be let off the bus on the nearby Park Loop Road. This area of the park includes many of the popular hiking trails such as several trails up dorr Mountain, the Jesus trail, and the popular Kane trail, as well as the Nature center and the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
A second sewer project in Acadia National Park will also run from September of this year through late may of next year and will take place at Seawall Campground, located on the quiet side of the island along 102A. The Park Service has stated Seawall Campground will close early this year because of the construction work. The result of this most likely will be that other nearby campgrounds, including Blackwoods Campground, could see camp sites harder to come by during this time period, so make sure you put in your reservations early this year.