We're working on a plan to ensure safe, sustainable, and equitable growth in the Biddeford-Saco mill area. Our main goal is to identify opportunities to make it safer and easier to walk, bike, and take public transit.
The image above shows the general study area for this plan. The study area includes Saco Island and the Mill District in Biddeford (including the Pepperell Mill Campus, Lincoln Mill, the Pearl Street Riverfront District, and all of Spring Island).
Rate each idea from 1 (least preferred) to 5 (most preferred).
Please note, implementing many of these ideas would require further study and additional public input.
Reduce travel lanes on Main St. from four to three with a center turn lane. Add bike lanes and better crossings. This is the only section of Main St. in the area with four travel lanes. (This idea would require further study).
Install medians and/or pedestrian refuge islands in appropriate locations to slow traffic and provide safer crossings for pedestrians. (This idea would require further study).
Add a new sidewalk on the east side of Main Street (view looking south on Main Street downhill towards the bridge).
Add streetlight banners to celebrate the community and promote events. The example above shows street banners in Portland.
Add bike lanes on either side of Elm Street / Route 1 where land is available. (This idea would require further study).
Add shared lane markings on Elm St. / Route 1 in places where the road is too narrow for dedicated bike lanes. (This idea would require further study).
Provide continuous sidewalks on both sides of Elm Street / Route 1 and improve the safety of crossings. (This idea would require further study).
An enhanced gateway park between the Saco Transportation Center and Main Street. The proposed location for park improvements is shown above. (The park on the east side of Main Street would be on city-owned property).
A high security, weatherproof, bike storage station for long-term bike parking located near the Saco Transportation Center.
A bike share program at the Saco Transportation Center.
Extend the Riverwalk upriver to connect to Elm Street, including scenic overlooks and a small gateway park at Elm Street.
A pedestrian-oriented street with limited vehicle access on the portion of Pearl Street closest to the river.
Redesign the intersection of Elm Street and Lincoln Street to improve safety and pedestrian crossings.
These multimodal bridge designs are to connect the Saco Transportation Center to the planned Pearl Street Riverfront District in Biddeford, running parallel to the railroad tracks. The City of Saco is currently evaluating the feasibility of a bridge in this location. Please let us know which bridge design you prefer.
Example girder bridge.
Example tied arch bridge.
Example cable stay bridge.
Example truss bridge.
We appreciate your time and input.
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The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Portland region. We work with municipalities, MaineDOT, and others to allocate funding for transportation projects.
TOD is an approach to development that maximizes the amount of residential, business, and leisure space within an easy walk of public transit. The goal is to promote sustainable growth by increasing walkability and transit use while reducing reliance on private vehicles.
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