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News Release for June 12, 2009
For More Information: Brad Foley, MaineDOT- 624-3539
Meg Lane, MaineDOT Office of Communications - 624-3030


MAINEDOT ALERTS MOTORISTS TO I-295 NORTHBOUND CLOSURE

Full Closure of I-295 Northbound from Topsham to Gardiner Begins on Tuesday $35.5 Million Project Is 100% Funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

 

I-295 Northbound will be closed from just north of Exit 31 in Topsham to just south of Exit 49 in Gardiner on Tuesday, June 16th. The road will be closed through the end of August for a complete rehabilitation. During this time, northbound traffic will be routed on and off the newly rehabilitated southbound lanes via temporary crossovers. Southbound drivers can take Route 201 for local destinations or the Maine Turnpike/I-95 for Portland and points south. Commercial traffic is strongly encouraged to take the Turnpike.

Beginning Monday, June 15th, the current on-ramps in Richmond and Bowdoinham on I-295 Southbound will be closed. Work crews will be converting these to off-ramps in preparation for the switch to northbound traffic.

Like last year, safety remains a top priority on the construction site and both of the alternate routes. Police patrols will vigorously enforce lowered speed limits along Route 201 and I-295, and a MaineDOT patrol truck will assist with any traffic problems or breakdowns during peak hours.

The northbound alternate route will have speed limits reduced to 60 MPH. Motorists should remain alert to changing traffic patterns along northbound and southbound alternate routes, and are asked to curtail cell phone use and resist tailgating.

This project was one of the first to be started under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “This rehabilitation project is critically needed, and we are thrilled it was funded,” said MaineDOT Commissioner David Cole. “Not only did this retain jobs for Maine, but it benefits everyone since we didn’t have to cut other highway projects across the state in order to fund this one.”

Cameras will be in place along Route 201 and I-295 to allow the public to monitor traffic congestion via www.mainedot.gov. Motorists can also call 511 for real-time travel information including major delays and lane closures anywhere in Maine. For more project information, please visit: www.mainedot.gov or call 1-866-646-1520.


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