Motorists who utilize the Maine Mall Road or I-295 in South Portland should allow for extra time for travel as construction crews continue to work on projects on these two roadways.
Starting tonight at 7 p.m. (Monday, July 20) on I-295 between Exits 3 and 4, crews will be installing cable guardrails in the median of the highway. This nightwork will continue from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day for the next several weeks.
During this phase of construction, one northbound lane will be closed. Crews are also working off the interstate along the right-of-way on the east side of the northbound lanes between Exit 3 and 4 cutting trees in order to install a soundwall.
This work is part of a $5.3 million upgrade to this section of I-295 which will make the highway safer for motorists through adding an additional lane for entering and exiting the highway, as well as installing a soundwall. The project is expected to continue until the beginning of December.
On the Maine Mall Road, crews have begun removing the median between traffic lanes and will soon start removing more of the road in order to install porous pavement over a section of Maine Mall Road between Philbrook Avenue and the Maine Mall Entrance south of the Gorham Road. Porous pavement allows rain and snowmelt to pass through the surface to a gravel and sand filtering system below. This porous pavement is designed to reduce the amount of untreated surface water that flows into Long Creek.
As work progresses, there will be lane closures. Two lanes will always remain open except for brief interruptions to allow construction vehicles to pass. Work began today on this $1.5 million project, and it is expected to be completed by the end of October.
MaineDOT asks that motorists drive with caution and maintain the reduced speed limit while traveling. Motorists who reduce speed to observe construction activities have added to traffic delays and safety concerns over the past week.
# # #