News Feature

Brooksville
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 15, 2021
Brooksville town landing upgrade planned
Town to vote July 22

The current retention wall at Betsy’s Cove

The existing granite retention wall at Betsy’s Cove which, if approved, will be replaced to create more stability and allow for parking.

Photo by Carrie Jeffrey Order prints of selected PBP photos.

by Carrie Jeffrey

Renovations to Betsy’s Cove Landing are set to begin in November of this year and end in early spring of 2022, according to a Brooksville town public hearing.

The town landing, or more specifically, the retention wall, has been in need of repair since at least 2018. The current structure was built early in the 2000s and was projected to last about 20 years. The new project, if approved, will feature a vertical rather than a 45-degree angle wall and include six more parking spaces. The new wall will have a drainage system and be embedded into the ground, with wooden pilings to provide for stability and add aesthetic value.

“We anticipate that this new landing will have a lifespan of 70 years,” said Mark Shaughnessy, chairman of the Harbor Committee.

The project is set to span more than six months and will be overseen by the Maine Department of Transportation, which is contributing a quarter of a million dollars to the effort. While no dredging has been approved or will happen over the course of the reconstruction, the structure of the new landing can accommodate any potential future dredging, as would be done for the creation of a full-tide dock.

The construction is not expected to cause any significant traffic disruptions, according to project engineer Andrew McCullough.

“It should have no impact. There are no planned alterations to the road or cause for any road closures,” said McCullough.

More information regarding the construction plans can be found on the Brooksville town website at brooksvillemaine.org. The town is set to vote on the project in a special town meeting on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the time of the upcoming meeting.