Cummings Road to be closed for fall repair work

Much-needed repairs to Cummings Road on the South Portland/Scarborough town line are slated to take place in September, if the project gains approval from the governing boards in both communities.

This week, the South Portland City Council approved a plan to close Cummings Road for 17 days this fall while construction extends from Gannett Drive in South Portland to Payne Road in Scarborough.

In a memo to the City Council, South Portland City Manager Jim Gailey described the project as involving “a combination of pavement treatments with the Target entrance being done in full depth, recycled pavement with cement infusion.”

“Additionally,” Gailey said, “the area will be raised three feet as the roadway is currently at water level. The closure of Cummings Road between Running Road facilitates the work being finished in a timely manner.”

He also assured the council that “the road closure will be advertised and detour routes will be well marked. Staff has worked with the city’s traffic engineer to make this detour arrangement work.”

Doug Howard, South Portland’s director of public works, told the council the project would cost nearly $1.3 million and that South Portland’s share of the would come from the Cummings Road tax increment financing district. In addition, the state will also pitch in funds.

Howard also said, “There is an incentive in the contract for the contractor to finish this section early,” which means the road may not need to be closed for the full 17 days now scheduled.

Overview of the Gannett Drive, Cummings Road, Running Hill Road, Payne Road area where road construction will lead to traffic detours this fall.