PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Portland say they’re going to be scrutinizing a proposal by Maine Medical Center to shut down part of a busy road for eight weeks for construction.

The hospital wants to close a one-block section of Congress Street to make room for a crane that’s part of an effort to add three floors to the visitor parking garage.

John Porter, a spokesman for MaineHealth, the parent company of Maine Med, said tells the Portland Press Herald that there’s no other place to put the crane.

City officials say it’s not a done deal.

The $512 million expansion is expected to take about five years to complete and will include a new entranceway, surgery center and tower additions, in addition to expanded parking.

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