ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thirty-five years of wear and tear on the UMaine bike path has caused safety concerns and prompted a new construction project.
The university has completed the first phase of the construction project and is now repairing the section from Stillwater Avenue to Witter Farm. This section of the bike path is closed to pedestrians and cyclists.
There is a detour from Bunker Road to Witter Farm Road, but it will be closed at night.
The project will repair the beaten path that was starting to create safety hazards.
"The original bike path was in rough shape," said Paul Breton, a construction contractor from Gardner Construction. "[There were] pot holes, dips in the road. It's definitely going to be a big safety improvement for the university."
It's a priority for UMaine because of how many people use the path.
"There's several communities of people that use the path...that go between Orono and Old Town," said Jeff Aceto, assistant director of Facilities Management for Construction Administration at UMaine.
"There's a huge use of this path, it's very popular, and we saw it as an important reinvestment to reconstruct it." Aceto said.
The bike path is scheduled to be completed by August 29, just in time for the new school year.