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Wiscasset Traveler Information System

Congestion relief for Midcoast Route 1 in the Wiscasset-Edgecomb area has been discussed for the last several decades. More recently, MaineDOT undertook the Wiscasset Route 1 Corridor Study in 1999 to determine how best to address traffic congestion in this area.

As a result of this study, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement was prepared and released for public comments in October, 2007. The comments received included requests for MaineDOT to identify and implement ways to reduce congestion by informing travelers of real-time traffic delays so they could:

  • seek alternate modes of transportation
  • seek alternate routes or
  • delay their travel through the area until peak traffic conditions ease.

MaineDOT determined that Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) should be developed and implemented to address these comments and elected to take a two-phased approach:

  • Phase I of the pilot project would use human detection of significant traffic delays. Phase I of the Pilot Project was implemented in the late summer of 2008 and has been completed.
  • Phase II would provide an automated notification process. Phase II expands upon and automates portions of Phase I. Phase II became operational on June 18, 2009. The system was operartional through october 31, 2009. Since then, it has run from May 1 through October 31 each year.

For statewide Travel information, call 511 or visit the Maine 511 web site.

 

This page last updated on 3/11/13