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News release for: April 3, 2009

For more information:
Mark Latti, MaineDOT Office of Communications, 624-3030
Brad Foley, MaineDOT Highway Program, 624-3539


MAINEDOT, PIKE INDUSTRIES BEGIN PRELIMINARY WORK ON I-295 NORTHBOUND REHABILITATION PROJECT

 

Preliminary work on the I-295 Northbound Rehabilitation Project has started, and motorists should expect delays, as there is a lane closure on the northbound lanes between exits 28 and 31 in Brunswick and Topsham. This work is preceding the full closure of I-295 northbound between Topsham and Gardiner that is scheduled to begin on June 15.

The Maine Department of Transportation plans to close I-295 northbound from Topsham to Gardiner for a complete rehabilitation, echoing the summer 2008 project that occurred on I-295 southbound. This work is slated for completion in August. Preliminary work to prepare for the full closure began yesterday. The preliminary work includes lane closures on I-295 northbound to accommodate repairs on bridges and culverts between exits 28 and 31. Work north of the full closure area – between exits 49 and 51 in Gardiner – will begin in late April and will include milling, paving and bridgework. Work along the future project site between exits 31 and 49 will take place during mid-May and will include lane closures for culvert work, underdrain clearing, and ditching in preparation for the full closure.

Motorists should be alert to changing traffic patterns and are asked to curtail cell phone use in order to be attentive to the roads. April 5-11 is National Work Zone Awareness Week and MaineDOT is asking motorists to slow down and drive cautiously through work zones not only this week, but throughout the construction season. The project, which was awarded to Pike Industries in March, will cost approximately $35.3 million and is the first in Maine to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Due to the nature of the project and based on last year’s success with the full closure, all northbound lanes within the work area will be closed starting June 15th until the rehabilitation is complete in August. Two crossovers are being created which will divert northbound traffic onto the rehabilitated I-295 southbound lanes starting at Exit 28 in Topsham and then revert traffic back onto the northbound lanes at exit 49 in Gardiner. Southbound drivers will have the option of taking Route 201 or the Maine Turnpike.

In order to minimize the impact on motorists and the local community, an aggressive communications campaign will encourage commercial vehicles and other motorists bound for Portland and points south to use the Maine Turnpike. Similar to last year, Route 201 will be upgraded with flashing lights at the intersection of Route 125 and Route 138 and street lighting will be increased. Reduced speed limits will also be in effect along all detour routes.

For more information or to sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.mainedot.gov.

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