Waterville road change proposals march forward

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WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - Big changes could be coming to downtown Waterville.

The Waterville City Council voted unanimously Monday to advance the process of transforming Main and Front Streets into two-way traffic roads.

The city will partner with Colby College and the Maine DOT in a $400,000 collaboration focused on engineering the plan.

Colby College and the Maine DOT will each pay $200,000 in the agreement.

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro says studies and examples of other towns doing this are all very positive for the communities.

"You can see that it actually has had an effect on creating a more welcoming and safer destination for people to stay and spend their time, and I think that's something that will definitely be welcomed by most of the store owners here," says Isgro.

If the change is approved, work would begin in 2020 or 2021.