DEAR SUN SPOTS: I had new tires put on my vehicle yesterday and when I got home, I realized they were from 2009! I thought tire shops had to rotate their inventory and couldn’t sell tires that old.
I spoke with the city of Auburn’s engineer, Tony Beaulieu, who took time out of his other duties to explain the issues that have caused a setback with this project, causing it to not be completed this construction season. Once this work was underway, a Central Maine Power duct bank was discovered that contained underground cables and wires. This development was not anticipated and the duct bank had to be relocated. This unforeseen issue was paired with waiting for permits to work under the railroad tracks. As if this wasn’t enough of a discouragement, the October windstorm factored into delaying the project further.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Once again a loyal reader is seeking to tap your resourcefulness. Earlier this year the job of revamping Hampshire Street in Auburn began. For a while it was a continuous project with little to no stoppage except for bad weather. However, once the west side of Union Street was finished, it seemed the work has ceased on the east side. I’m surprised by the lack of work being done despite the fact that the street is torn up and most of the sidewalks are now nonexistent. Also, it appears that most of the heavy equipment is no longer on site. You would think that with winter here the contractor would be going full throttle to get this project completed. I do understand that sometimes in construction you have delays and scheduling issues, but to go on for weeks with no progress seems a bit much. Any information you might be able to garner would be appreciated.
— Joe, Auburn
CMP’s portion of the project will be completed over the winter and Tony wants to assure everyone that the road will be maintained appropriately throughout the snow season. The project will be completed in its entirety in the spring. I hope this sets everyone’s minds to rest.
Even in storage, rubber does break down, especially if exposed to UV rays and temperature fluctuation causing cracks that could cause a tire to blow out. Please write again to let us know how this issue is resolved.