Portland wants to take rough edge off cobblestone street

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland intends to smooth out the rough edges of a cobblestone alley in the heart of the city’s Old Port.

In the coming weeks, city officials will meet with local business owners to discuss options for rebuilding Wharf Street, along with an adjacent bumpy road called Dana Street.

The city said one of the main goals is to improve the streets to ensure they comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. It also wants to evaluate vehicular and pedestrian safety, and improve drainage.

Ideas reviewed by the city’s Historic Preservation Board in December appear to include continued use of granite stones but with reduced gaps between them to smooth out the road.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Wharf Street is not as old as it appears. It took shape in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

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