Lakeside Drive- Great East Lake

To those who drive around the lakes in the AWWA region, Lakeside Drive, along the southeast shore of Great East Lake in Acton, is a notoriously rough road. A large hill consisting of gravel topped asphalt experiences massive erosion in major rain events, washing over 45 tons of stone and sediments into Great East Lake each year in addition to destroying driveways and leaving the road dangerously uneven.

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Erosion on Lakeside Drive after a midsummer thunderstorm.

In 2014, AWWA assisted the residents of Lakeside Drive with the formation of a road association. This allows the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) to award Non Point Source Pollution Control Grants for the necessary stormwater fixes on this road. This grant will fund repairs on Lakeside Drive to prevent further erosion, as well as several YCC projects on Great East Lake and Wilson Lake.

In June 2015, AWWA was able to secure Maine DEP funding to assist the Lakeside Drive Road Association in fixing the erosion issues at Lakeside Drive. The Great East Lake Improvement Association was also responsible for helping the Lakeside Drive Road Association reach its funding goal. Below is a day by day photo journal of the project :


Day 1


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Wide new HDPE culverts will allow maximum flow of water where we want it to go, and not over the roadway. This saves road and lake alike!

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Heavy equipment prepares to leave its mark on Lakeside Drive

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This hill, smooth now from a recent york raking, will look very different soon. Updated pictures to come!


Day 2



These ditches will be lined with rip rap to keep water from eroding soils on and off Lakeside Drive


Water will outflow from this point in the project on Foley Way


These old culverts were much narrower than the new ones, meaning they restricted flow and were more likely to fill up with sediment


This BMP will allow water to pond and infiltrate off of the road.

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This will soon be lined with rip rap, which will protect the culvert from filling with sediments


Day 3


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Geotextile fabrics such as this will reduce maintenance costs over time by defining the edges of the basin

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This deeper, wider ditch will be capable of handling the flow of runoff down Lakeside Drive

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A long ditch on this hill will keep water off of the road


Day 4

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Lakeside Drive Road Association will be having a meeting to discuss the improvements this weekend

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Another pooling/infiltration area finds its way on Lakeside Drive

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Beginning to grade and smooth

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Now THAT’S a ditch

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Finished large detention area near Foley Way

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Big machinery welcome

Day 5


Pavement is down on Lakeside Drive!


Lakeside Drive Road Association President Eddie Silva meets with AWWA Executive Director Linda Schier and Maine DEP Representative Wendy Garland to discuss the road improvements.


Water is brought up the slope to test the pitch of the road.


Pavement on Lakeside Drive pitches water into ditches


Clean Edge

Lakeside Drive Road Association Meeting

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Lakeside Drive Road Association Meeting draws quite a crowd!