PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Back Cove residents are learning more about a construction project that will mean big changes on the roads.
City leaders met with residents Wednesday night to discuss the ten million dollar project. Starting in November, drivers who use Portland's Baxter Boulevard are going to have to take alternate roads. The city is installing a two million gallon storage unit under the boulevard. The goal is to capture sewer overflow that is currently being released into Back Cove. But the eight-month project will have an obvious impact on Back Cove Residents. Traffic being detoured off the boulevard was the main concern at the meeting.
"We have a lot of traffic that cuts through the neighborhood as it is, it's been problematic in terms of speed and volume," resident Linda Umbell said. "We've got a lot of young families coming into the neighborhood, so knowing that they're going to have to divert traffic off of Baxter Boulevard, it's going to come through our neighborhood.
City officials are planning to meet again with residents before the project starts in November.