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Public to hear traffic reduction proposals in Kittery

December 28, 2019 GMT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Officials are inviting the public to learn about proposals for addressing traffic congestion around the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

A final public hearing is set for Jan. 7 at the Kittery Community Center for residents to learn about the recommendations and offer feedback.

Joint Land Use Study Project Manager Jason Schrieber said there’s “no silver bullet” but added that a “combination of strategies” can address congestion and encroachment of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The town of Kittery, the shipyard and the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission have worked with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. to identify possible solutions to address regional traffic issues.

Some of the ideas include additional park-and-ride lots; financial incentives for carpooling and public transportation; better bus options; and greater efficiency at shipyard gates.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard overhauls and refurbishes nuclear-powered submarines for the Navy. It employs approximately 6,500 civilian employees with about 1,000 contractors.

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This story has been updated to correct the date of the hearing, which is Jan. 7, not Jan. 9.