FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MMC Contact: Matt Wickenheiser
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City of Portland Contact: Jessica Grondin
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PORTLAND, Maine – Congress Street is expected to re-open between Forest and Weymouth Streets on Friday, June 8, roughly three weeks ahead of schedule.
This portion of Congress Street was closed May 7 to accommodate a very large crane used to add three floors with 225 additional spaces onto Maine Medical Center’s patient and visitor garage. This addition is part of Phase One of MMC’s $512 million modernization and expansion project.
Crews began dismantling the crane on June 1. MMC’s contractors will next survey Congress Street and repave as needed to restore the roadway to its previous condition. MMC expects that effective June 8, all traffic will resume through Congress Street.
While the detour was originally scheduled to continue through the end of June, the collaborative planning and diligent work by Maine Medical Center, Turner Construction, the construction crews and the city of Portland significantly accelerated the re-opening of a major community artery.
“This is only one part of our multi-year expansion and modernization project, but it is certainly a positive start. We appreciate all the hard work done by our partners and the city, as well as the support and thoughtful feedback we have received from neighbors and area businesses,” said Jeff Sanders, MMC Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. “As the investments we are making become visible and felt within the neighborhood, we are another step closer to fulfilling our vision of ensuring our communities are the healthiest in America.”
The successful detour route used during the four weeks of construction was developed through multiple meetings with numerous city departments, including Traffic, Parking, Police, Fire and Planning, and was informed by meetings with neighborhood associations, residents and local businesses, including the Portland Sea Dogs.
“We’d like to thank Maine Medical Center for working in cooperation with city officials and neighborhood residents on the planning and execution of this shutdown and detour, and for committing the necessary resources in order to get it done ahead of schedule,” said Portland City Manager Jon Jennings. “Being able to reopen Congress Street earlier than expected is great news for the immediate neighborhood and commuters in general. I’d like to especially thank our public safety officials who moved quickly to ensure this could happen, and the general public for their patience.”
Maine Medical Center patients and visitors will again be able to enter the Bramhall Campus visitor’s garage and the 887 Congress St. Garage via the Congress Street entrances. The additional spaces in the visitor’s garage will be completed and ready for use by the end of summer.
Phase One of the Modernization Project also includes the addition of two new floors to the East Tower, which will hold 64 new Oncology rooms as well as the site of MMC’s helipad, allowing for efficient transport to the Emergency Department and Trauma Center. MMC expects to complete construction of the new patient floors later in 2019.
Altogether, MMC’s $512 million project will create 128 new private patient rooms, add 19 procedure rooms for surgeries and other complex treatments, provide an additional 225 spaces for patient and visitor parking and consolidate MMC staff parking into a single location that will meet current demand and future growth.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
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