Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 26, 2021
Snow’s Cove Road reopens to traffic
Fishway passage restored
A $1.25-million fishways project along Snow’s Cove Road is now complete. In addition to replacing an old round culvert, the project provides a passageway for alewives and other fish species to Frost Pond.
by Jeffrey B. Roth
After nearly a month, Snow’s Cove Road, Route 15, has reopened to traffic following the completion of a fishways project that will benefit the alewives and other fish species.
The $1.25-million project involved the replacement of a round culvert with a large, box-shaped passageway that connects Snow’s Brook and Frost Pond in Sedgwick. According to Ciona Ulbrich, project manager of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the project was funded by a $750,000 Maine DOT Municipal Partnership Initiative and $490,000 from federal and state organizations, including the National Resource Trustees, The Nature Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
“It was pretty exciting to see it coming together,” Ben Astbury, Sedgwick select board chair, said at the August 19 meeting. “From what I saw, I was impressed. It was amazing, and I thought it was well done.”
Work began July 15 and was completed August 18, to the relief of motorists and business owners impacted by the more than month-long project. During that time, traffic was detoured along Route 176 and ended at the intersection of Route 175.
“If it hadn’t been done, it could have become a dangerous situation in a few years,” board member Bob Publicover said. “It was an amazing amount of work.”