Downeast Corridor 1 Committee
About the Committee
The mission of the Downeast Corridor 1 Committee is the development, improvement,
and enhancement of the U.S. Route 1 Corridor from Ellsworth to Danforth.
The committee has over 140 dues-paying members. Monthly meetings, fully
open to the public, are held at the Bluebird Family Restaurant in Machias
on the first Tuesday of every month. Splinter meetings are occassionally
held in Sullivan and in eastern Washington County to reach out to the extensive
For those that have been out of the area, the 73-year old "Singing
Bridge" between Hancock and Sullivan is now gone and has been replaced
with a new concrete bridge. The new "silent bridge" was officially dedicated
in August of 1999. A major bridge and road reconstruction project is underway
in Machias, with road completion scheduled for July 2003 and three new
bridges for 2004. Route 1 in the Cherryfield-Harrington area has
been refurbished and now includes paved shoulders. The Corridor 1 Signage
committee was instrumental in the creation of the Downeast-Acadia logo
and signs by the Maine Department of Transportation. These signs,
along with certain destination signs, a billboard sign on Interstate-95
near exit 45A and a large overhead sign in Ellsworth are targeted to encourage
increased tourism in Eastern Hancock and Washington Counties. The
Scenic By-Ways Sub-committee has been successful in having Route 1 in Sullivan
and Route 186 in Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor identified as a National
Scenic By-way. Over $600,000 has been awarded the "Schoodic Scenic
By-way" for construction of rest areas to afford access for the public
to the outstanding views in the Schoodic area.
||Two Sullivan sisters came up with a fund-raising idea for the RC&D
Council and brought their idea forth to the Route 1 Corridor Committee,
who was receptive to the idea of using the Downeaset/Acadia logo on the
flag. The idea to create colorful flags using the Downeast-Acadia
logo, a sunrise and trees, that has been used to promote US Route 1 and
the down east region by the Route 1 Corridor Committee, became reality.
Material was ordered and the sisters began cutting out the flag sizes and
sewing began. Once sewn, they were sent to a printer to have the
logo screen printed on each one. The Maine Department of Transportation
approved the placement of one the flags at the end of the new Sullivan
bridge. The Down East RC&D Council purchased a larger embroidered
flag and donated it for use on the bridge flag pole. Flags may be
purchased by the public and come in two sizes, large and small. The large
one sells for $25 and is suitable for hanging on a flagpole. The
small one, typically used on a home or outside a business, sells for $15
and both can be ordered by contacting Down East RC&D at (207) 546-2368
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Recent committee efforts include support for an alternate road around
Ellsworth to relieve the heavy traffic congestion problem, coupled with
support for a divided highway from Route 395 in Brewer to east of Ellsworth,
connecting to an upgraded Route 1 with paved shoulders and passing lanes.
In effect, the traveling public and business organizations would be provided
with a choice of either traveling Route 9 or an equally safe and modern
highway along Maine's unique coastline. RTAC (Regional Transportation
Advisory Committee) has included reference to the Corridor 1 vision in
their current 20-year plan.
It is noteworthy to report that all the legislators in Hancock and Washington
counties endorse the effort of the Route 1 Corridor Committee in their
attempt to obtain an improved, safer highway system along the Route 1 Corridor
and to create conditions to support a vigorous tourism economy.
All citizens are welcome to join the Corridor 1 effort. Membership entitles
you to vote and to receive a copy of the monthly meeting minutes.
Chair: Sanford Kelley of Jonesport, Maine
Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend the Next Meeting!
First Tuesday of the month, 12:00 p.m., Blue Bird Family Restaurant,
(Call Sanford Kelley to make certain of the latest date, time
and place: 497-2846)
Downeast Route 1 Corridor Committee
Membership Application/Renewal Form
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Mail to: Lois Hubbard, Treasurer, Downeast Route 1 Corridor Committee,
1561 Mason's Bay Road, Jonesport ME 04649