I fully support MDOT’s Wiscasset Downtown Improvement Project with the Option 2 design for the following reasons.

Safety: Having parking on Main Street is a major safety issue for both drivers and pedestrians. Drivers cannot see oncoming traffic or pedestrians when attempting to back out of any one of the on-street parking spaces.

Drivers such as myself, cannot see approaching traffic when we try entering Main Street from side streets. This is due to the fact the parked vehicles are blocking the drivers view. Also, drivers are parking in the Main Street spaces, exiting their vehicles, and immediately crossing Main Street without utilizing designated crosswalks. Accidents just waiting to happen.

Accessibility: Currently, our downtown is not in compliance with the ADA. Our downtown roads and sidewalks are in deplorable condition and are a major safety issue. Wiscasset does not have the resources for needed repairs. The Option 2 design will address and fix these issues, making our downtown accessible and safe for everyone.

As a Wiscasset resident and member of the Project Advisory Committee, I have witnessed MDOT management and representatives conduct themselves in a professional and transparent way when working with our town’s select board and residents. MDOT’s representatives have listen to and addressed every concern from residents and business owners. MDOT made changes and compromises to project design when appropriate to help alleviate concerns and issues.

I, along with the majority of Wiscasset residents, and the Midcoast communities, continue to support the Downtown Improvement Plan with Option 2. We are looking forward to our improved and safer village.
Let’s stop this wasteful lawsuit! I urge my fellow residents to Vote NO on the April 17 referendum.

Lonnie Kennedy-Patterson

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