New signage added in Roque Bluffs

10:03 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This past July 23rd a tragic accident took the lives of two women when their car was driven down a boat ramp and into Pond Cove on a rainy, foggy night in Roque Bluffs. Family members said that had the road been better marked, the accident may have never happened.

After a month and a half, signs are now in place on Schoppee Road that hopefully prevent the town from witnessing another fatal accident. The $500 collaborative effort between Maine D.O.T. and the town, there are now six new warning signs on the road.

The first noticable different comes a half mile back down the road, where two new signs have been posted that read no outlet, warning that the road ends in one half of a mile.

The sign that read "Pavement Ends" that was covered by branches and leaves is not only gone, but trees have been removed as well. A new sign now stands reading road ends in 300 feet, with the same sign posted directly across the other side of the street.

At the beginning of the boat ramp an area where no signs were posted is a sign that says "End of Road" with a reflector sign under neath it. And the last addition is a public boat access sign, with another reflector above it.

Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith told me NEWS CENTER today that he is pleased with what has occurred in Roque Bluffs.

"I think it's just wonderful to honor the people, remember the people who lost their lives and the families. I was asked by one of the sons before he left the area that I'd promise to try and do something and he actually said "I know you don't have control over it but would you make sure something happens?," well I didnt have to because the town did what they had to do along with the state," said Sheriff Smith.  

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