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Construction project causes a 19 mile detour

SEBAGO (WGME) -- A construction project on route 107 in Sebago is causing a 19-mile detour and with it some headaches for drivers.

The press secretary says there's no other direct route to connect back to 107 at the other end of the culvert replacement project.

The road closure starts at 107 and Convene Road but the detour starts five miles away at the intersection of route 107 and route 11 or Bridgeton Road.

It goes 19 miles from route 11 to 302 in Naples to route 117 and back to route 107.

"I know they have to use, focus on the state roads to make sure people are traveling on the safe roads," says Tony Schwieterman, who lives right near the closure.

Driver Cynde Murphy understands the frustration among drivers.

"Because they come home from Portland and this is a long drive and this is a nice drive," she says, "But when they're surprised, I got to turn around and go back."

Schwieterman says this is the busiest time of the year.

"I was on the library board and I know the population here goes from 1,500 year round to close to 5-6,000 in the summer," he says.

Summers visitors who are already unfamiliar with the area.

"They're going to be heading up 107 to go see their kids or wherever and try to figure out how to get around," he says.

Some, like Mac Schwieterman, like the excitement.

"It's really fun for me 'cause I love construction and all that stuff," he says.

But most are ready for it to be over.

"I don't know how to get home," Murphy says.

The Department of Transportation says detours average around half a mile to three miles, and expects this project to be complete in the next 5-9 days.