MaineDOT News Releases

Following are the latest news releases issued by The Maine Department of Transportation.

9/22/2021: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure One Month Away

MaineDOT

News Release for September 22, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - One month from today, the Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland for a full weekend to accommodate the replacement of an aging interstate bridge. MaineDOT's "Veranda Plan" a full closure of the highway around Exit 9 will run from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25th. Additionally, Route 1/Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed for a full week: from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th.

This work is expected to increase traffic on the Maine Turnpike and on local roads in Portland and Falmouth. MaineDOT is asking members of the public to avoid this area during the interstate closure weekend. Drivers who must travel on I-295 through Portland or on Route 1/Veranda Street in Portland and Falmouth are encouraged to make their own "Veranda Plan." Detour routes are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org. That site also includes live video feeds of the construction site, an FAQ section, and a link to pre-register for a live virtual meeting on October 5th that will include project updates and a question and answer period.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of Route 1/Veranda Street to improve mobility and safety. Crews are constructing the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to move the new structure into place during the 64-hour interstate closure. SPMTs are used to transport massive objects that can't be moved by trucks. Most notably, NASA uses SPMTs to move space shuttle components. This is the first time MaineDOT is using an SPMT. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the long-term traffic impacts that would have occurred if conventional construction had been used.

The contract for construction of this project, awarded to Cianbro in November of 2020, is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering, inspection, and other costs) is approximately $20.8 million. Construction of the project started in March and the weekend for the interstate closure was selected in May. MaineDOT aims to have the project finished by the end of 2022.

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9/20/2021: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Survey Work and Lane Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for September 20, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HANCOCK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation and its consulting partners will be conducting survey work on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge from Tuesday, September 28th through Wednesday, October 6th. This work will require partial and full closures of the bridge.

Drivers should expect alternating, single-lane traffic patterns between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on four different days: Tuesday, September 28th; Wednesday, September 29th; Friday, October 1st; and Wednesday, October 6th. Flaggers will control traffic.

On Thursday, September 30th, there will be three full closures of the bridge lasting one hour each and occurring between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Weather and water conditions may affect our ability to conduct this work, so Friday, October 1st; Monday, October 4th; and Tuesday, October 5th are being reserved as alternate dates for full closures.

The consultant conducting this work is TranSystems of Boston. The contract amount for this survey work is $395,098.

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9/20/2021: Northbound Hampden Bridge Bundle Work Substantially Complete

MaineDOT

News Release for September 20, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting traffic onto the fourth of four new northbound I-95 bridges (the Emerson Mill Road Bridge) on September 27th. In the event of bad weather, the shift will take place on September 28th. This substantially completes the replacements of the four northbound interstate bridges. Finish work will continue and may result in additional traffic impacts.

On the southbound side, traffic is currently using three temporary bridges to accommodate construction work on that side of the highway. Interstate speed limits are reduced to 55 MPH through these diversion areas. More southbound traffic shifts will continue as this project progresses through the rest of this year and into 2022.

MaineDOT continues to encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is our top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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9/17/2021: Upcoming Night Work on Madawaska Bridge Project

MaineDOT

News Release for September 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge Replacement Project will involve night work for approximately two weeks. The contractor is planning to do excavation work from Monday, September 20th through Saturday, October 2nd. The work will begin at 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and end at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Day work will also continue during this period.

This project is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI). This work will replace the bridge that provides a critical connection between Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. The current structure is 100 years old and approaching the end of its useful life.

MaineDOT and NBDTI anticipate opening the new bridge to traffic by the end of 2023. Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin once traffic is moved onto the new bridge. The estimated final completion date of this project is June 30th, 2025.

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9/16/2021: Road Closure for Railroad Repairs in Jay Tomorrow

MaineDOT

News Release for September 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


JAY - Pan Am Railways will be closing part of Crash Road in Jay on Friday, September 17th to perform railroad repairs. Crash Road will be closed to through-traffic near the intersection of Riley Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Drivers should use Route 4 as a detour. Local traffic can access Crash Road at the intersection of Crash Road with Route 4.

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9/16/2021: Eddy Road Closure in Edgecomb

MaineDOT

News Release for September 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EDGECOMB - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making safety improvements to part of Eddy Road in Edgecomb. Crews will be blasting ledge and rebuilding a retaining wall in order to improve sight distance for motorists and make the road easier to maintain in the future.

This work will involve daytime closures between Clifford Road and Fort Road from Monday, September 20th through Thursday, September 30th. Drivers should expect full lane closures between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Signs will direct drivers to detour routes. This work may also involve an alternating, one-lane traffic pattern during the times when Eddy Road can be opened to through-traffic.

Eddy Road will remain open to local traffic. Residents who live on the Fort Edgecomb side of the closure will be able to access their homes from Route 1. Residents who live on the other side of the causeway will be able to access their homes from Route 27.

This work is part of the project that also includes the reconfiguration of traffic at the intersection of Routes 1 and 27. The contractor on this project is Sargent Corporation of Old Town. The contract amount is $2,346,703. The project is still scheduled to be finished by mid-October.

MaineDOT thanks residents and members of the traveling public for their patience and understand while our crews and contracting partners finish these important improvements.

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9/16/2021: Final Paving on Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery

MaineDOT

News Release for September 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Final paving operations on the Piscatacqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery are scheduled to begin next week. This part of the "Maine Ahead" project remains approximately six weeks ahead of schedule. Final paving had originally been scheduled for early 2022. The contractor, SPS New England, is now planning to make the following closures to accommodate final paving work on the bridge and its approaches.

The northbound left lane will close during the following periods:

  • 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th to 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd
  • 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd to 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23rd
  • 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23rd to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th

The northbound middle lane will close at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21st and reopen by 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd.

The southbound left lane will close during the following periods:

  • 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, September 20th
  • 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 20th to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st
  • 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21st to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd
  • 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd to 5:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th
  • 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24th to 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25th

The southbound middle lane will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23rd and reopen by 4:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th.

As with all outdoor construction work, this schedule is heavily dependent on the weather.

The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. This work is also preparing the bridge for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times.

This project started in May 2019 and is expected to be finished by May 2022.


The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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9/9/2021: Open-House Meeting on Machias Causeway

MaineDOT

News Release for September 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MACHIAS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be holding an open-house format meeting in Machias on Tuesday, September 14th. The meeting will be held on the causeway from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the history, status, and regulatory requirements of the feasibility study related to the Machias Dyke Bridge. Members of the public will be able to interact with, ask questions of, and provide comments to members of MaineDOT as well as to our federal counterparts and consulting partners. We are particularly interested in learning local views, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. If this open-house event cannot be held on the causeway due to weather or other factors, it will be relocated to the Machias Memorial High School at 1 Bull Dog Lane in Machias. MaineDOT will comply with Maine CDC health and safety guidance, which is subject to change based on the status of the pandemic.

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9/9/2021: Frank J. Wood Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for September 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK/TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing a bridge inspection of the Frank J. Wood Bridge between Tuesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 16th. This bridge carries Route 201 between Brunswick and Topsham. The Frank J. Wood Bridge is a fracture critical bridge. The Federal Highway Administration requires inspections of fracture critical bridges at least every two years. Because of the poor condition of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, MaineDOT engineers inspect it annually. The structure is scheduled to be replaced. The construction contract is scheduled to go out to bid later this year.

This inspection work will impact traffic. Drivers should expect impacts between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on all three days. Southbound traffic moving from Topsham to Brunswick will be able to cross the bridge. Northbound traffic from Brunswick to Topsham will be detoured to the Topsham Bypass and Route 196.

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9/2/2021: UPDATE: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for September 2, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Rain pushed the second closure from the night of September 1st to the night of September 2nd. Passenger vehicles will be allowed to use a narrow lane to cross the bridge during the closure.

HANCOCK COUNTY - As the Maine Department of Transportation approaches the end of a summer construction project on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, the paving contractor has requested several full closures of the bridge to ensure the safety of workers. MaineDOT is accommodating this request and closing the bridge for two four-hour periods: from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26th to 1:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27th and from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 2nd to 1:00 a.m. on Friday, September 3rd. Emergency vehicles will still be allowed to use the bridge during these times. Passenger vehicles will be allowed to use a narrow lane to cross the bridge during the second closure (on the night of September 2nd).

Paving work accomplished during these bridge closures will help move this project closer to full completion and ensure the safety of our crews and contracting partners while this important work is being done.

MaineDOT thanks the members of the traveling public for their continued patience and understanding during the length of this project.

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8/23/2021: UPDATE: Road Closure and Detour in Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant

MaineDOT

News Release for August 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE ON 8/23/21 - This work has been postponed.

SOMERSET COUNTY - Central Maine Quebec Railroad will be closing Routes 6 and 15 in Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant next week to accommodate work on a railroad crossing. The Maine Department of Transportation will be assisting with the closure and detour. The road will be closed to traffic from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25th until the morning of Thursday, August 26th. This road closure creates a substantial detour, using Routes 201 and 16. MaineDOT will use digital message signs to alert drivers. We want to thank the members of the traveling public for their patience and understanding while we complete this important work.

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8/17/2021: UPDATE: New Traffic Pattern in Edgecomb

MaineDOT

News Release for August 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: The beginning date of the closure has changed from August 16th to August 23rd.

EDGECOMB - The Maine Department of Transportation wants members of the traveling public to be aware of changing traffic patterns at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 27 (Boothbay Road) in Edgecomb. Beginning August 23rd, northbound Route 27 traffic will be detoured to Cross Road in order to access Route 1. We expect this detour to be in place until early September.

We continue to ask members of the traveling public to be patient and extremely careful when navigating this intersection. The contractor on this project is Sargent Corporation of Old Town. The contract amount is $2,346,703. The project is still scheduled to be finished by mid-October.

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8/16/2021: Culvert Work on Route 1 in Woolwich

MaineDOT

News Release for August 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WOOLWICH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing rehabilitation work on a large culvert on Route 1 in Woolwich. Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 18th. The culvert is located 0.19 of a mile northeast of Shaw Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained during this work. The contractor on this project is C.L.H. & Son of Auburn. The contract amount is $245,635. We anticipate this work will be finished by September 17th.

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8/16/2021: Intersection Improvements in Wiscasset

MaineDOT

News Release for August 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation is making improvements to three intersections along Route 1 in Wiscasset. This work will improve safety and traffic flow. The project areas are at the intersections of Route 1 and Old Ferry Road (Route 144), Old Bath Road, and Birch Point Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained during daytime hours. The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons of Mechanic Falls. The contract amount is $1,937,245. Our anticipated completion date for this work is October 21st.

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8/16/2021: Intersection Improvements in Pownal

MaineDOT

News Release for August 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


POWNAL - The Maine Department of Transportation is making improvements to the intersection of Hallowell Road (Route 9), Pownal Road, and Elmwood Road in Pownal. This work will involve sporadic lane closures. The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons of Mechanic Falls. The contract amount is $127,980. We expect all work to be finished by the end of November.

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8/6/2021: Culvert Replacement Work in Cumberland

MaineDOT

News Release for August 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing a large culvert and installing new water and sewer lines on Tuttle Road in Cumberland. The project area is near the intersection of Harris Road and Tuttle Road nearly two miles southwest of where Tuttle Road meets Route 9. Drivers may encounter a single lane, alternating traffic pattern at times. This project is expected to be finished by September 10th. The contractor is St. Laurent & Sons Excavation, Inc. of Sabbatus. The contract amount is $466,197.

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8/6/2021: Route 105 Paving Work in Augusta

MaineDOT

News Release for August 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage and safety improvements on Route 105 (S. Belfast Ave.) in Augusta. The project area begins 0.28 miles west of Church Hill Road and extends east for 2.33 miles. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this work is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $365,348. This work should be finished by October 11th.

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8/6/2021: Work on Leighton Road in Augusta

MaineDOT

News Release for August 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage and safety improvements on Leighton Road in Augusta. The project area begins at Old Winthrop Road and extends north 2.77 miles to Route 8. Paving work may be done at night. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $476,121. This work is expected to be finished in mid-October.

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8/6/2021: Route 104 Paving Work in Sidney

MaineDOT

News Release for August 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SIDNEY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage and safety improvements on Route 104 (W. River Road) in Sidney. The project area begins north of the Augusta city line and extends north more than five miles, ending before Lyon Road. The project area includes the bridge over Goff Brook. Work is scheduled to be finished by mid-October. Drivers may encounter an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $756,523.

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8/6/2021: UPDATE: Route 26 Work in Woodstock

MaineDOT

News Release for August 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: The contractor is using a temporary bypass road to allow the installation of a deep culvert. Alternating one-way traffic will be maintained 24/7 via the use of temporary traffic signals. We estimate the roadway will be reopened to two-way traffic by August 20th. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while we complete this important work.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 3/12/21:

WOODSTOCK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting road construction work on part of Route 26 in Woodstock. The work area begins just east of Rumford Avenue and extends west for approximately 2.5 miles. Construction is expected to begin impacting traffic on March 15th and end for the year on November 29th. Traffic may be reduced to a single lane between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. During this work, crews may also use Mills Road as a temporary detour route during the installation of a deep culvert. The contractor on this project is Gordon Contracting of Sangerville. The contract amount is $9,940,746.

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8/3/2021: Bridge Work Will Create Significant Traffic Delays in Yarmouth Tomorrow

MaineDOT

News Release for August 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YARMOUTH - Ongoing work on the Bayview Street Bridge in Yarmouth will result in significant traffic delays on Wednesday, August 4th. Contractors will be placing the new bridge deck between 6:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Drivers may have to wait as long as eight minutes to accommodate the movement of concrete trucks.

The Bayview Street Bridge carries Bayview Street over I-295. In March, MaineDOT began work on a project to replace the deck of the bridge, add a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge, and increase the height of the bridge rail on both sides of the bridge. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport, and the contract amount is $1,687,258.

Traffic is currently reduced to a single lane until early September. We are scheduled to reopen the bridge to two lanes of traffic on September 2nd. Beginning on September 7th, more lane restrictions may be required, but they will only happen between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The project is scheduled to be complete in early November.

We want to thank members of the public for their continued patience and understanding as we work to make these important safety and mobility improvements. We understand the important access this bridge provides. On-site crews are available to help motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians navigate the bridge during construction.

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8/3/2021: Paving on Routes 6 and 15 West of Moosehead Lake

MaineDOT

News Release for August 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PISCATAQUIS AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing paving work on parts of Routes 6 and 15 in Piscataquis and Somerset Counties west of Moosehead Lake. The first project area begins 0.17 of a mile east of the Sandwich Academy Grant TWP/Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant town line and extends northeast 5.28 miles to Moose River Lane in Rockwood Strip T1 R1 NBKP. The second project area begins at the Sapling TWP/Big Moose TWP town line and extends south for 5.89 miles. Work started this week and is expected to be finished by September 3rd. Drivers will encounter temporary lane closures and alternating one-way traffic patterns. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Fairfield. The contract amount is $2,229,446.

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8/2/2021: UPDATE: Third Southbound Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shift

MaineDOT

News Release for August 2, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Because of Friday's rain, this traffic shift is now expected to happen on the morning of Wednesday, August 4th.

HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting southbound I-95 traffic to the third of four temporary diversion roads on August 3rd. This traffic shift will happen at the West Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speeds limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. More southbound traffic shifts will continue as this project progresses through the rest of this year and into 2022.

Traffic has already been moved to three of four new bridges on the northbound side of I-95. Vehicles will begin using the fourth new northbound bridge later this year. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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7/31/2021: Route 1 Closure in Monticello

MaineDOT

News Release for July 31, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation and the town of Monticello will be temporarily closing Route 1 for their town's 175th-anniversary parade on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The closure will begin at 10 a.m. and last for roughly an hour. The parade route begins at the intersection of the Hoyt and Fletcher roads and continues south, across the Meduxnekeag Bridge, and ends at the Silver and Church Street intersection. Both lanes will be closed during this time. It is advised that the traveling public avoid this route during this time as no detour will be posted during this brief window of time.

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7/30/2021: Barters Island Bridge Opening

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LINCOLN COUNTY - On Monday, August 2nd, the Maine Department of Transportation will celebrate the opening of the Barters Island Bridge, which connects Barters Island with Hodgdon Island over the Back River in Boothbay Harbor. This bridge replaces the old manually operated one with a fully automated one.

WHO:

Dan Bryer - Boothbay Town Manager

WHAT:

Remarks and ribbon-cutting

WHERE:

Barters Island Bridge 370 West Barters Island Road Boothbay, Maine

WHEN:

Monday, August 2, 2021 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

This event will take place at the Barters Island Bridge, after which point the bridge will be fully opened to traffic.

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7/30/2021: Improvements to Intersection of Routes 109 and 9A in Wells

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WELLS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making improvements to the intersection of Routes 109 and 9A in Wells. This project will involve excavation and the installation of a new advanced traffic controller cabinet, strain poles, and advanced optic equipment that will assist with advanced vehicle detection and emergency vehicle preemption. This work will require periodic lane restrictions throughout construction. Work will begin on August 1st and is estimated to be completed in April 2022. This project will convert the current traffic pattern, which utilizes a two-way stop, to a fully signalized intersection with the latest technology. The contractor for this project is Electric Light Company of York. The contract amount is $246,350.

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7/28/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 1 in Houlton

MaineDOT

News Release for July 28, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HOULTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing vehicle count sensors on Route 1, approximately one quarter mile north of Currier Road. Work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 10th. The north and southbound lanes will be closed to traffic at 7:00 a.m. for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be finished by the end of the day. In the event of rain, we will push the schedule to Wednesday, August 11th. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this road throughout the year.

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7/28/2021: New Bridge Opening in Brewer

MaineDOT

News Release for July 28, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


The Maine Department of Transportation will be opening a new bridge on Route 1A, Wilson Street, which carries traffic over I-395 in Brewer. The bridge is anticipated to open on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, but may be delayed in the case of inclement weather. All traffic on Route 1A heading east and west will utilize the new bridge. We encourage the traveling public to stay alert while driving through the new traffic pattern. Westbound traffic on Route 1A entering I-395 via ramp C will continue to use the existing, temporary roadway while a new ramp is being constructed. It is anticipated that this on-ramp construction will be completed in mid-August, 2021, at which point all traffic will be shifted to the new bridge.

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7/27/2021: MaineDOT Urges Caution at Construction Sites

MaineDOT

News Release for July 27, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Windham - The Maine Department of Transportation is reminding members of the public to use caution when passing through our work zone at the intersection of Falmouth Road and Route 115 in Windham. This bridge joint replacement project involves lane closures, detours, and new traffic patterns. On-site crews have experienced some close calls. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of MaineDOT staff, our contracting partners, and the members of the traveling public. We're asking members of the public to be patient and extremely careful when navigating this intersection. Construction is anticipated to be complete at the end of August 2021.

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7/23/2021: Second Southbound Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shift

MaineDOT

News Release for July 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting southbound I-95 traffic to the second of four temporary diversion roads on July 27th. This traffic shift will happen at the West Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speeds limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. More southbound traffic shifts will continue as this project progresses through the rest of this year and into 2022.

Traffic has already been moved to three of four new bridges on the northbound side of I-95. Vehicles will begin using the fourth new northbound bridge later this year. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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7/20/2021: Southport Swing Bridge Schedule Deviation

MaineDOT

News Release for July 20, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LINCOLN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be deviating from its normal operating schedule for the Southport swing bridge, which carries Route 27 over Townsend Gut between Boothbay Harbor and Southport. This deviation is to accommodate bridge construction work between Wednesday, July 21st and Tuesday, July 27th. The bridge will not open for vessel traffic between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. or between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on July 22nd, 23rd, 26th, or 27th. The bridge will operate on its normal schedule on Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th. One navigation channel will be open to allow the passage of vessels that can pass without the bridge opening. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 10 feet. We apologize for the late notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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7/19/2021: Statewide Traffic Signal Upgrades Will Begin with Augusta Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 19, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin installing new traffic signal equipment in Augusta on Wednesday, July 21st. The first part of this project will involve the intersections along Route 27 (Civic Center Drive) from Route 3 (Old Belgrade Road) to Townsend Road.

This work is part of a statewide traffic signal modification project, involving the installation of state-of-the-art traffic signal equipment at 104 intersections in 13 municipalities (including Augusta, Sanford, and Waterville). These signals will include smart technology, enabling them to learn and adapt to traffic patterns. The new signals will integrate with vehicle-detection equipment and connected vehicle technologies. The signals will be part of a central traffic management system; they will communicate with MaineDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Augusta. Once this system is in place, MaineDOT will have the ability to remotely access the traffic signals in order to validate complaints, create an appropriate action plan, and address problems more efficiently (in some cases, without having to send personnel into the field).

The work in Augusta is the first phase of this project and is expected to be finished by October 2022. The second phase of work will center around Waterville and Winslow in 2023. The final phase of the project will include traffic improvements in Sanford, Belfast, Farmington, and Gardiner. All work is expected to be finished by October 2024.

The contractor on this project is Dagle Electrical Construction Corporation of Lewiston. The contract amount is $20,844,812. MaineDOT received an $8-million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to help pay for the $23.5-million project cost.

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7/16/2021: Work on Route 115 in Gray and North Yarmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing construction on a five-mile-long stretch of Route 115 in Gray and North Yarmouth. The project area begins east of Hillcrest Drive in Gray and extends southeast to Route 231 (Walnut Road) in North Yarmouth. Crews will be paving as well as improving drainage and guardrails. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 19th and be finished by Friday, August 13th. This will be mostly day work and will require some lane closures, which will involve an alternating pattern of single-lane traffic. The contractor on this project is F.R. Carroll, Inc. of Limerick. The contract amount is $783,400.

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7/16/2021: Work on Railroad Crossings in Portland and Westbrook

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is working with Pan Am Railways and the Cities of Portland and Westbrook to reconstruct two railroad crossings. The Portland crossing is on Route 25 (Rand Road), just west of Pine Tree Industrial Parkway. The Westbrook crossing is on Larrabee Road between Saunders Way and Terminal Street. These two railroad crossings will be reconstructed one at a time. This work will involve road closures and traffic detours. All local businesses will remain open and accessible during this work.

Work will begin at the Portland location at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19th. Traffic will be detoured along Route 25B (Brighton Avenue/Main Street) to Larrabee Road to the Westbrook Arterial. Exit 47 of the Maine Turnpike will remain accessible from the Westbrook Arterial. Traffic exiting the Maine Turnpike at Exit 47 will be limited to left turns onto the Westbrook Arterial. Maine Turnpike motorists headed to downtown Portland are encouraged to use Exit 48.

As soon as work at the Road Road site is complete, Larrabee Road will be closed to traffic to accommodate work on the second railroad crossing site. Traffic will be detoured along the Westbrook Arterial to Rand Road to Route 25B (Brighton Avenue/Main Street) to Larrabee Road. We expect all work to be complete at both crossings by the end of July.

These rail improvements are being completed in conjunction with a $1.4-million roadway resurfacing project. The contractor on this project is Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham.

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7/16/2021: UPDATE: Frenchville Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This project did not finished in 2020 due to unusual heat and the COVID-19 pandemic. Work is scheduled to resume on July 19th and be finished by mid-October.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM JULY 2, 2020:

FRENCHVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing a culvert under the Gagnon Brook Bridge in Frenchville. This bridge carries Route 1 over Gagnon Brook. This project area is about a half-mile south of the intersection of Route 1 and Pelletier Avenue. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern during this work. We expect the project will begin on July 6th and be done on November 25th. The contractor on this work is Ed Pelletier & Sons Co. out of Madawaska. The contract amount is $2,960,000.

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7/15/2021: Bridge Maintenance Work in Windham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 15, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WINDHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing bridge joint work on the Narrows Bridge in Windham. The Narrows Bridge carries Route 115 and is about one mile off Route 302. Traffic on Route 115 will only be allowed to travel east (away from Route 302) for the duration of this project. Westbound traffic will be detoured, using Routes 202 and 4. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 26th. The detour will end by Friday, August 13th. Some ancillary work, requiring an alternating single-lane traffic pattern, may occur after that date.

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7/15/2021: Route 202 Paving Work in Gorham and Windham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 15, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 202 in Gorham and Windham. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 19th and continue for several months. The project area begins at the intersection of Routes 202 and 25 in Gorham and extends north on Route 202 for almost four miles, ending at Mechanic Street in Windham. This work will include the roundabout at the intersection of Routes 202 and 237. In addition to paving work, crews will be making improvements to sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. Travel lanes will be narrowed, and drivers may encounter an alternating single-lane traffic pattern at times. The contractor on this project is Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham. The contract amount is $1,732,736. Our anticipated completion date for this project is Tuesday, October 5th.

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7/13/2021: Work on Route 161 in Allagash and Saint Francis

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work, replacing culverts, and stabilizing embankments on two parts of Route 161 along the Saint John River in Aroostook County. One project area is in Allagash, directly across from Carney Road. The other project area is in Saint Francis, near the intersection of Route 161 and Pelletier Mill Road. Drivers should reduce their speeds and expect a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. This work is scheduled to be finished by the end of November. The contractor is Soderberg Construction Co. of Caribou. The contract amount is $6,878,155.

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7/13/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 1 in Houlton

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HOULTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing count sensors on Route 1 (North Street) in Houlton. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year. The project area is near the intersection of Route 1 and Currier Road. Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21st. Northbound traffic will be impacted during the first half of the day. Southbound traffic will be impacted in the afternoon. All work should be done by the end of the day on Wednesday. In the event of bad weather, the work schedule may be shifted to Thursday, July 22nd.

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7/13/2021: First Southbound Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shift

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting southbound I-95 traffic to the first of four temporary diversion roads on July 20th. This traffic shift will happen at the East Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speeds limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. More southbound traffic shifts will continue as this project progresses through the rest of this year and into 2022.

Traffic has already been moved to three of four new bridges on the northbound side of I-95. Vehicles will begin using the fourth new northbound bridge later this year. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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7/13/2021: UPDATE: Route 1 Paving Work in Knox and Lincoln Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: The start date for this project has been pushed to Sunday, July 18th.

KNOX AND LINCOLN COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on parts of Route 1 in Edgecomb, Newcastle, and Rockport. The project in Edgecomb and Newcastle begins almost 1.5 miles east of the Wiscasset town line and extends northeast for approximately 2.8 miles. There are two separate parts of the Rockport project: one work area begins just north of the Rockland town line and extends north for approximately 1.2 miles and the other work area begins just north of the intersection with Rockville Street and extends north for 2.5 miles. Work will be night work, conducted between Sunday evenings and Friday mornings. Drivers should expect traffic to be reduced to a single lane during work hours. This project is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 12th and be finished by Friday, August 13th. The contractor on this project is All States Materials Group. The contract amount is $1,469,955.

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7/13/2021: UPDATE: Route 15 Work in Blue Hill

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This work will now continue through the rest of the month of July. Crews will be addressing additional drainage work that needs to be done.

BLUE HILL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting drainage, sidewalk, and paving work along part of Route 15 (Tenney Hill) in Blue Hill. The project area is between Parker Point Road and Beech Hill Road. Daytime work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 21st. Only southbound traffic will be allowed to pass during construction. The road will be closed to northbound traffic. Signs will alert northbound drivers to the detour routes. This project is expected to be finished by July 16th.

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7/12/2021: MaineDOT Urging Caution near Edgecomb Intersection Project

MaineDOT

News Release for July 12, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EDGECOMB - The Maine Department of Transportation is reminding members of the public to use caution when passing through our work zone at the intersection of Route 1, Route 27 (Boothbay Road), and the Eddy Road in Edgecomb. This intersection improvement project involves lane closures, detours, and new traffic patterns. On-site crews have experienced some close calls. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of MaineDOT staff, our contracting partners, and the members of the traveling public. We're asking members of the public to be patient and extremely careful when navigating this intersection. The project is scheduled to be finished by mid-October.

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7/9/2021: Route 194 Culvert Replacement in Whitefield

MaineDOT

News Release for July 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WHITEFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing a large culvert on Route 194 in Whitefield. The project area is approximately three quarters of a mile south of Jewett Lane. This is near the Sheepscot River. Crews will be replacing two 48-inch pipes with one ten-foot pipe. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 12th and be finished by the end of August. This project will involve a full road closure from July 15th to July 29th. Otherwise, drivers will encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Culvert Rehabilitation Services of Auburn.

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7/9/2021: Bridge Replacement on Route 133 in Farmington

MaineDOT

News Release for July 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FARMINGTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Hamlin Bridge, which carries Route 133 over Wilson Stream in Farmington. This bridge is just south of Routes 2 and 4. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 12th and be done by the end of November. While the bridge is closed, a signed detour route will direct drivers to use Routes 2 and 4 to get to Route 156 and then back to Route 133. The contractor on this project is T. Buck Construction of Turner. The contract amount is approximately $1,750,000.

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7/9/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 6 in Springfield

MaineDOT

News Release for July 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SPRINGFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing vehicle count sensors on Route 6, approximately one mile northeast of Townline Road. Work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 13th. The westbound lane will be closed to traffic at 8:30 a.m. for approximately four hours. Work will switch to the eastbound lane in the afternoon, closing that lane to traffic for approximately four hours. All work should be finished by the end of the day. In the event of rain, we will push the schedule to Wednesday, July 14th. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this road throughout the year.

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7/2/2021: Third of Eight New Interstate Bridges Opening in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - On July 14th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound I-95 traffic onto the third of eight new interstate bridges in Hampden. In case of inclement weather, the backup date for this traffic shift is July 15th. This newest bridge, the Center Bridge, crosses the Souadabscook Stream. Heading north, it is the third of the four bridges MaineDOT is replacing on the northbound side of the interstate as part of the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. Northbound traffic remains diverted to a temporary bridge constructed in the median of the interstate at one other bridge location: where the interstate crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (EMR/CMQR). This is the northernmost of the four bridges on the northbound side of the intestate. Northbound traffic will be shifted to a new bridge at this location later this summer.

With three of the four new northbound bridges now open to traffic, interstate speed limits will only be reduced to 55 MPH at the site of the EMR/CMQR bridge work. This reduced speed area runs from approximately mile marker 179 to mile marker 180. Drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously, observe signage in the work zone, and obey work zone speed limits. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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7/1/2021: Aroostook County Bridge Painting

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repainting the Bridge Street Bridge in Limestone and the H. N. Flagg Memorial Bridge in Presque Isle. The Bridge Street Bridge carries Grand Falls Road over Limestone Stream. The H. N. Flagg memorial Bridge carries Route 1 over the Aroostook River. Work is scheduled to begin on July 6th and be finished in November. Work will involve temporary lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. The contractor on this project is Panther Industrial Painting. The contract amount is $800,000.

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7/1/2021: Road Work on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting paving work and making other repairs on part of Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. The project area runs approximately 1.7 miles between West River Road (at Messalonskee Stream) and First Park. This project involves paving work, road construction, drainage improvements, and some sidewalk rehabilitation. Work began on June 28th and is expected to be finished by the end of November. Most major work will be done at night, between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. This project will involve lane closures, but the contractor will maintain two-way traffic at all times. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Fairfield. The contract amount is $2,959,118.

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7/1/2021: Overnight Lane Closures on I-295 in Yarmouth Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YARMOUTH - Next week, ongoing work on the Bayview Street Bridge in Yarmouth will require overnight lane closures on I-295. Single lane closures will occur on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate around mile marker 17. The closures will happen between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the nights of Tuesday, July 6th; Wednesday, July 7th; and Thursday, July 8th.

This work is part of the project to replace the deck of the bridge, add a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge, and increase the height of the bridge rail on both sides of the bridge. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport, and the contract amount is $1,687,258. Work is scheduled to be completed in early November.

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7/1/2021: Route 196 Paving Work in Topsham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on part of Route 196 in Topsham. The work area begins just south of the Brunswick town line and extends north for almost two miles to Route 201 in Topsham. This project includes paving work on the Merrymeeting Bay Bridge. Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 6th and be completed on Friday, July 23rd. Drivers should expect overnight lane closures between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $664,459.

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6/21/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 201 in Skowhegan

MaineDOT

News Release for June 21, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SKOWHEGAN - The Maine Department of Transportation is installing vehicle count sensors on Route 201 (Waterville Road), southeast of Cemetery Road, in Skowhegan. Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22nd. The northbound lane of traffic will be closed during the first day of work. Work on the other side of the road will close the southbound lane to traffic on Wednesday, June 23rd. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year. As with all outdoor construction work, the timing of this project is weather-dependent.

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6/18/2021: Intersection and Sidewalk Work in Augusta

MaineDOT

News Release for June 18, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be beginning intersection and sidewalk work in Augusta next week. This project involves constructing a multi-use path between the Farrington School and Cony High School. This path will improve safety by allowing direct access between the schools. This project also involves making improvements to the intersection of Pierce Drive and Cony Street. Work is scheduled to begin on June 21st and end by August 27th. There will be very few impacts to traffic during construction. The contractor on this project is C.H. Stevenson, Inc. of Wayne. The contract amount is $273,306.

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6/17/2021: Road Work Will Close Route 22 in Buxton Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BUXTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing cross culverts on Route 22 (Long Plains Road) in Buxton next week. Work will begin at midnight on Wednesday, June 23rd, continuing through the night and into the day on Wednesday. Due to the nature of this project, Long Plains Road will be closed to traffic during this work. Vehicles will be detoured to Routes 112 and 4A. Message boards are in place to notify the public of this upcoming closure. Long Plains Road will be reopened to one-way traffic on Thursday, June 24th. Final paving will be completed on Friday, June 25th. Thank you for your patience and understand as we make these important improvements.

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6/17/2021: Road and Intersection Work in Edgecomb

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EDGECOMB - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making intersection improvements in Edgecomb. Crews are working at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 27 (Boothbay Road) as well as at several spots along Eddy Road. This project consists of road construction, paving work, drainage improvements, the installation of flashing beacons, and ledge removal. This work is expected to involve lane closures and detours beginning later in July. Message boards will alert drivers to detour routes. The contractor on this project is Sargent Corporation of Old Town. The contract amount is $2,346,703. The estimated final completion date for this work is October 16th.

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6/17/2021: Brunswick Paving Work Begins Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be beginning paving work on Bath Road in Brunswick on the evening on Sunday, June 20th. The work area begins at the Brunswick/West Bath town line and extends southwesterly for nearly two miles to the intersection with Old Bath Road in Brunswick. This will be overnight work, with lane closures between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The contractor on this project is Crooker Construction of Topsham. The contract amount is $369,286. This paving project is expected to be finished by July 20th.

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6/16/2021: Second of Eight New Interstate Bridges Opening in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for June 16, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - On June 24th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound I-95 traffic onto the second of eight new interstate bridges in Hampden. In case of inclement weather, the backup date is June 25th. This new bridge, the West Bridge, crosses the Souadabscook Stream. Heading north, it is the first of the four bridges MaineDOT is replacing on the northbound side of the interstate as part of the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. Northbound traffic remains diverted to temporary bridges constructed in the median of the interstate at the other two bridge locations. Northbound traffic will be shifted to new bridges at these locations later this year.

Interstate speed limits are reduced to 55 MPH throughout the length of this project. Drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously, observe signage in the work zone, and obey work zone speed limits. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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6/10/2021: National Resin Shortage Limiting MaineDOT Road Striping Operations

MaineDOT

News Release for June 10, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - A national resin shortage is limiting the Maine Department of Transportation's road striping operations this year. The February winter storm that left Texas without power for several days has dramatically hindered resin production in that state's petrochemical plants. MaineDOT has been working with our suppliers of latex-based paint, but the department is receiving far less paint than expected because the resin used to manufacture the paint continues to be in short supply. We currently have less than half the amount of white and yellow paint we had at this point last year.

This situation is limiting the amount of road striping and stenciling MaineDOT is able to do this year. We are using the paint we do have on interstates, high-priority highways, and new roads. Many lower-priority roads will not be restriped this year. Fortunately, the mild winter resulted in less plowing. Reduced contact between plow blades and roads minimizes the wear and tear that causes the paint on roads to fade.

"This is a unique challenge, and there's no way of knowing when our paint supplies are going to return to normal levels," said MaineDOT Highway Maintenance Engineer Brian Burne. "We want to make sure members of the traveling public are aware of this situation and understand why some Maine roads will not receive new paint this year."

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6/8/2021: Madawaska International Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for June 8, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting its annual safety inspection of the International Bridge between Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick next week. The bridge will be closed to traffic between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST from Monday, June 14th through Saturday, June 19th. Detour routes will be posted. This inspection may also require an additional day of work and traffic closures the following week. This inspection had originally been scheduled for July. MaineDOT accelerated the timeline in anticipation of pandemic-related border restrictions easing in July.

The International Bridge has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that need to be properly evaluated annually to allow for continued safe use. Bridge inspections are performed during daylight hours to ensure safety, thoroughness, and the quality of the inspection.

MaineDOT and the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure are currently working on a project to replace this critical bridge. The $86.5-million construction contract was awarded to Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich earlier this year. Construction has been underway for several weeks ago. We anticipate opening the new bridge to traffic by the end of 2023. Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin once traffic is moved onto the new bridge. The estimated final completion date for the bridge replacement project is June 30th, 2025.

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6/3/2021: UPDATE: Knox County Paving Projects Continue

MaineDOT

News Release for June 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KNOX COUNTY - UPDATE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be continuing paving work along Routes 73 and 131 in Knox County. Work began in 2020, and was estimated to be finished by June 4th, but will require more time to complete. Paving work will continue through June 16th. Paving work on Route 73 begins at the Rockland town line and extends more than two miles south through Owls Head and into South Thomaston. The Route 131 project area begins at Port Clyde Road in Saint George and extends north for nearly ten miles through South Thomaston, ending at Route 1 in Thomaston. Work will occur during daytime hours. Drivers should expect short, single-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. The contractor on this project is Hagar Enterprises of Damariscotta. The total project cost is $1,982,091.

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5/27/2021: UPDATE: First of Eight New Interstate Bridges Opening in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for May 27, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Due, in part, to the weather forecast and increasing traffic volumes, this traffic shift is now being planned for June 7th.

HAMPDEN - On June 4th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound I-95 traffic onto the first of eight new interstate bridges in Hampden. In case of inclement weather, the backup date is June 7th. This new bridge, the East Bridge, crosses the Souadabscook Stream. Heading north, it is the third of the four bridges MaineDOT is replacing on the northbound side of the interstate as part of the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. Northbound traffic remains diverted to temporary bridges constructed in the median of the interstate at the other three bridge locations. Northbound traffic will be shifted to new bridges at these locations later this year.

Interstate speed limits are reduced to 55 MPH throughout the length of this project. Drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously, observe signage in the work zone, and obey work zone speed limits. The safety of our crews and contracting partners is MaineDOT's top priority.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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5/27/2021: "Maine Ahead" Memorial Day Weekend Update

MaineDOT

News Release for May 27, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The "Maine Ahead" project on the Piscatacqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery is entering its third and final year on time and on budget. This project is improving safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and will preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. This work is also preparing the bridge for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times.

Work on the new bridge joints is finished, the bridge deck is 79 percent complete, the barriers are 49 percent complete, and the paving work is 43 percent complete. To date, crews have placed 3,400 cubic yards of concrete and used 417,000 pounds of steel. This project started in May 2019 and is expected to be finished by May 2022.

During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, all six travel lanes (three on each side) will be open to traffic from Thursday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, June 1st at 5:30 a.m.

Traffic volumes are still between 10 and 20 percent below what they were before the pandemic, but they are slowly returning to normal. As Maine enters its peak tourist season, the Maine Department of Transportation is urging drivers to obey posted speed limits and stay alert behind the wheel.


The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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5/25/2021: MaineDOT to Begin Conducting Drive-thru Job Interviews

MaineDOT

News Release for May 25, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting its first series of drive-thru job interviews in the coming weeks. These drive-thru interviews are being done to help maintain health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic as MaineDOT works to fill several important positions in our Office of Fleet Services. Specifically, the department is looking to hire several heavy vehicle and equipment technicians at the Fleet Garage in Augusta. These drive-thru interviews will be conducted at 66 Industrial Drive in Augusta on Wednesday, May 26th and Wednesday, June 2nd between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day. Applicants should bring their resumes. For more information, please visit www.mainedot.gov/jobs.

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5/24/2021: Route 25 Work Continues in Gorham

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GORHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing work on Route 25 at Brandy Brook in Gorham. The work area is approximately 0.4 mile north of State Street. Last year, crews installed a new culvert and relocated the stream. This year, the department is repairing guardrails and paving. Travel lanes will be open in both directions between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. as well as between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Drivers may encounter an alternating single lane of traffic between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This work is scheduled to be finished by June 25th. The contractor on this project is R.J. Grondin & Sons of Gorham. The contract amount is $1,204,978.

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5/24/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 302 in Bridgton

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRIDGTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing traffic count sensors on Route 302 (North High Street) in Bridgton. The work area is west of Route 302's west junction with Jim Douglas Road. Work on the westbound side of the road is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25th and take all day. Eastbound lane work will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26th. Work is expected to take approximately ten hours on each day. This work will require lane closures. These traffic sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year. Installation work can only take place during dry conditions, so inclement weather may affect this schedule.

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5/24/2021: New Grist Mill Bridge Open in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - On Friday, May 21st, the Maine Department of Transportation joined U.S. Senator Susan Collins; University of Maine researchers; Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT) Bridges team members; industry partners; and state, local, and federal officials to celebrate the opening of the new Grist Mill Bridge in Hampden.

The 75-foot-long, single-span bridge carries Routes 1A and 9 over Souadabscook Stream. The old structure consisted of three bridges built on top of one other. The most recent of those bridges dated to approximately 1950.

The new bridge is the first in the nation to use fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tub girders called GBeams. The patented GBeam technology is the result of research and development at the UMaine Composites Center, which licensed the technology to AIT Bridges, the university's commercialization partner for this technology. Funding for the research was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center led by UMaine. The GBeams used in the Grist Mill Bridge project were manufactured at the AIT Bridges facility in Brewer.

"Grist Mill Bridge is the result of a great partnership between the University of Maine, AIT Bridges, and federal and state transportation departments," said Senator Collins. "Working together, they have reached a milestone in advanced construction technology, while boosting economic growth and job creation here in Maine. As ranking member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, my priority is to improve our nation's infrastructure and ensure Maine's needs are addressed."

The GBeam technology is corrosion-resistant and designed to last more than 100 years with little to no maintenance. The composite girders are lightweight: they weigh as little as one-quarter the weight of steel girders. The GBeam technology is a promising, sustainable, low-cost alternative that is easy to install.

"The big draw here is durability," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "Time will not take quite the same toll on the composite tub girders in this bridge. We expect this structure will need less maintenance over time and may last 25 years longer than its conventional counterparts. At MaineDOT, we believe sponsoring this new technology now will yield long-term benefits for Maine taxpayers and travelers."

The University of Maine field-load-tested the Grist Mill Bridge with support from the MaineDOT and U.S. DOT. The bridge was successfully tested with more than 260,000 pounds of load carried by four MaineDOT trucks. The two-day testing provided baseline performance data allowing UMaine researchers and AIT Bridges to refine the GBeam design.

"This is an example of a University of Maine research-to-commercialization initiative helping to address infrastructure needs statewide and nationwide while providing hands-on learning experiences for students and jobs in Maine," UMaine President Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy said. "UMaine students at the Composites Center are members of tomorrow's workforce, providing their own contributions today and leadership going forward. All of this is made possible with state investments in research and development, and vision and support of the Maine Congressional Delegation and legislators."

Dr. Habib Dagher, executive director of the UMaine Composites Center said, "The R&D we are conducting at the Composites Center is delivering practical solutions to address our deteriorating infrastructure that is more durable, sustainable and cost-effective, and creating jobs right here in Maine. Thank you, Senator Collins, Commissioner Van Note, our partners at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for your leadership in enabling this remarkable milestone. The Grist Mill Bridge showcases the real-world applications resulting from cutting-edge research in composite materials."

The many benefits of the composite GBeam technology are attracting interest from Departments of Transportation across the U.S. The technology is already planned to be used in bridge replacement projects in Washington, California, Florida, and Rhode Island.

"AIT Bridges is honored to commemorate this inaugural GBeam bridge alongside the University of Maine, Senator Susan Collins, and MaineDOT," said Brit Svoboda, chair and CEO of AIT. "The Grist Mill Bridge once again proves the viability and obligation to build more sustainable FRP composite bridges in Maine and the country. Adding the Composite GBeam Bridge System to the already successful GArch Composite Bridge System means AIT Bridges can provide a more comprehensive solution to the bridge industry."

The Grist Mill Bridge replacement was part of a project that included reconstruction and paving work on a nearly-two-mile-long stretch of Route 1A. The total cost for the project is approximately $9 million. The contractor on this project was T. Buck Construction out of Turner.

MaineDOT is already planning to use this GBeam technology again on the new Twin Bridge in Hampden. Construction of that project has already begun, and work is scheduled to be complete by June 2022.

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5/24/2021: Route 201 Work in Somerset County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOMERSET COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage improvements on Route 201 in Somerset County. The project area stretches more than 13 miles: it begins in West Forks Plantation, just south of the border with Johnson Mountain Township, and extends north, through Parlin Pond Township, ending in Jackman. Work is scheduled to be finished by the beginning of October. Drivers should expect single lane closures with a one-way alternative traffic pattern. The contractor on this job is Pike Industries of Fairfield.

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5/20/2021: PRESS ADVISORY: New Bridge Opening in Hampden Tomorrow

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - On Friday, May 21st, the Maine Department of Transportation will celebrate the opening of the Grist Mill Bridge, which carries Routes 1A and 9 over Souadabscook Stream in Hampden. This bridge uses composite girders that were designed and patented by the University of Maine in collaboration with AIT Bridges. The technology is lighter, designed to require less maintenance, and expected to last up to 25 years longer than conventional bridges.

WHO:

Senator Susan M. Collins
Bruce A. Van Note - Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation
Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy - President, University of Maine
Dr. Habib Dagher - Executive Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Brit Svoboda - Executive Chair, AIT Bridges

WHAT:

Remarks and ribbon-cutting

WHERE:

Hampden Water District
140 Main Road N.
Hampden, Maine

WHEN:

Friday, May 21, 2021
11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

This event will take place at the Hampden Water District. Attendees are required to wear close-toed shoes. Face coverings are recommended.

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5/20/2021: I-95 Bridge Work in Bangor Will Require Lane Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repairing the bridge that carries I-95 over Stillwater Avenue in Bangor next week. This work will require the closure of the travel lanes on both sides of the interstate. The passing lanes will be the only lanes open to traffic during this project. Work will begin Monday, May 24th. The lane restrictions will be in place around the clock until the repairs are complete. MaineDOT's goal is to finish this work and reopen all lanes of traffic before the holiday weekend. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries.

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5/18/2021: Emerson Mill Road Closure in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for May 18, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road in Hampden to set steel girders as part of the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. Emerson Mill Road will be closed from 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26th through 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27th and from 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27th through 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 28th. In the event of inclement weather, the work will be moved to the nights of June 1st and 2nd.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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5/17/2021: Bridge Replacement in Jay

MaineDOT

News Release for May 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


JAY - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Seven Mile Stream Bridge in Jay. The bridge carries Route 140 (Intervale Road) over Seven Mile Stream. A short section of Intervale Road, in the immediate vicinity of the bridge, will be reduced to a single lane. Alternating one-way traffic will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal and detoured to a temporary bridge. The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond. The contract amount is $1,834,000. This project is scheduled to be finished in October.

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5/17/2021: Route 201 Paving Work in Vassalboro

MaineDOT

News Release for May 17, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


VASSALBORO - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work on Route 201 in Vassalboro. The project starts at the Augusta line and continues north for approximately 4.7 miles, ending near Old Quarry Road. This work will involve paving travel lanes, sealing shoulders, and ditching. Construction is only allowed during daylight hours. Traffic will be reduced to an alternating single lane for portions of this project. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Fairfield. The contract amount is $892,416.

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5/13/2021: Hampden Bridge Bundle Lane Closures on I-95 Southbound

MaineDOT

News Release for May 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - On Thursday, May 20th, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin periodic left lane closures on the southbound side of I-95 in Hampden between mile markers 180 and 176. These closures will occur primarily on weekdays. All traffic lanes will remain open on Memorial Day weekend. Closures will end on Friday, June 25th. These lane closures are necessary as crews continue to work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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5/13/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 4 in Turner

MaineDOT

News Release for May 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TURNER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing new traffic count sensors on Route 4 in Turner next week. This work will involve lane closures on Route 4, south of Harlow Hill Road. Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17th. This work will require closure of the southbound lane. Work requiring the closure of the northbound lane will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18th. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent. These traffic count sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year.

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5/13/2021: Resurfacing of Marginal Way Park and Ride Lot in Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for May 13, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the Marginal Way Park and Ride lot in Portland this weekend. Work will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15th and is expected to be finished by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th. Vehicles that remain in the lot at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday will be subject to towing. The contractor for this work is All States Asphalt of Sunderland, MA. The contract amount is $75,000.

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5/11/2021: Twin Bridge Replacement in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for May 11, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Twin Bridge in Hampden. The bridge carries Route 69 over the West Branch of Souadabscook Stream.

The existing structure is 71 years old and needs to be replaced. The existing bridge spans 25 feet; the new structure will span more than 53 feet. This will provide more capacity for water flow as well as better habitat connectivity. The replacement bridge will be the first of its kind in Maine: it will use composite tub girders in a "Double T" configuration.

Crews are building a temporary bridge to be used as a detour route. A signal will control an alternating single lane of traffic on this temporary bridge. Once this detour is in place, crews will begin removing the Twin Bridge. MaineDOT expects the new bridge will be finished in November. Final surface paving is planned for June of 2022.

The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport. The contract amount is $1,846,235.

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5/10/2021: Knox County Paving Projects Continue

MaineDOT

News Release for May 10, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KNOX COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be continuing paving work along Routes 73 and 131 in Knox County. Work began in 2020, started up again today, and should be finished by June 4th. Paving work on Route 73 begins at the Rockland town line and extends more than two miles south through Owls Head and into South Thomaston. The Route 131 project area begins at Port Clyde Road in Saint George and extends north for nearly ten miles through South Thomaston, ending at Route 1 in Thomaston. Work will occur during daytime hours. Drivers should expect short, single-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. The contractor on this project is Hagar Enterprises of Damariscotta. The total project cost is $1,982,091.

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5/10/2021: Interstate Paving Resumes in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for May 10, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK AND PENOBSCOT COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning the second year of a two-year-long project that involves interstate paving operations in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties. Crews will be paving segments of the northbound side of I-95 (including some highway bridges and ramps) on a 13-mile-long stretch of interstate that begins just north of T2 R9 Wels and ends at the Herseytown Township line. MaineDOT will be paving and making other improvements to the Visitor Information Center in Medway and the Katahdin Scenic Overlook in T1 R6. This project also involves clearing the Sherman interchange to increase visibility to cut down on deer strikes. Work on the second year of this project began today and is scheduled to be finished by the end of July. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in work areas, and there will be overnight lane closures during paving operations. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Hampden. The contract amount is $9,127,167.

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5/6/2021: UPDATE: I-295 Shoulder Work in Falmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This work will now occur on Friday, May 7th.

FALMOUTH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repairing the travel time sign on the northbound side of I-295 in Falmouth on Monday, May 3rd. The sign is located between mile markers 10 and 11. This work will require a right shoulder closure between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

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5/5/2021: Bridge Work in Norway

MaineDOT

News Release for May 5, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NORWAY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing a deck replacement on the Pleasant Street Bridge, which carries Pleasant Street (Routes 117 and 118) across the Pennesseewassee Stream in Norway. Work is scheduled to begin on May 9th. Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Eastbound and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to Water Street. The contractor on this project is Scott Construction Corporation of Portland. Work is expected to be finished by the end of October. The contract amount in Norway is $828,862

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5/3/2021: October Weekend Selected for Full Closure of I-295

MaineDOT

News Release for May 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 25th. Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th. These closures are being done to accommodate the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadways beneath the bridge to improve mobility and safety. Crews will construct the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to slide the new structure into place during the 60-hour interstate closure. This is the first time an SPMT is being used in the State of Maine. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the length of time needed for this project. That will save money and reduce traffic impacts. The contractor on this project, Cianbro, had until May 1st to select closure dates.

MaineDOT will be conducting significant public outreach efforts in the coming months about these closures and the detours that will be available to drivers. We are also working to have live video feeds of the accelerated bridge construction available during the closure weekend. We are discouraging people from visiting the site as it is an active construction site.

The contract for construction of this project is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million. On-site work started in March. We aim to have the project finished by the end of 2022.

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4/30/2021: Work on I-95 West of Bangor

MaineDOT

News Release for April 30, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning work on a 13-mile-long stretch of I-95 in Palmyra, Etna, Newport, Plymouth, and Carmel. The construction will occur between exits 157 and 170. The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3rd and will involve paving, bridge, and guardrail work on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate.

Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern between May 3rd and June 25th. MaineDOT will allow the contractor to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After June 25th, overnight lane closures may occur Sunday evenings through Saturday mornings until work is completed. We anticipate construction to be completed by the end of June.

Over-width vehicles are prohibited from traveling between exits 157 and 159 in both the northbound and southbound lanes during construction. A detour route will be posted.

The contractor for the project is Northeast Paving. The contract amount is $6,794,848.00.

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4/30/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 201 in Topsham

MaineDOT

News Release for April 30, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on traffic count sensors on U.S. 201 in Topsham on Monday, May 3rd. The work area will be northeast of Meadow Road. Work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will be completed the same day. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane while work is being performed. Road sensors provide important information about the number of vehicles that utilize the roadway.

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4/23/2021: I-95 Paving Work in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting paving work on approximately 15 miles of I-95 between mile marker 228 and the Medway town line. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 26th and be finished by the end of July. This pavement preservation work will require lane closures. The contractor on this work is All States Materials Group of Richmond. The contract amount is $4,016,550.

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4/23/2021: Route 236 Road Work in Eliot Aimed at Helping Endangered Species

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ELIOT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Route 236 in Eliot. The project location is approximately 0.3 miles south of the intersection of Route 236 and Depot Road. We are replacing the old culvert with a bigger one. This will improve drainage and allow safe movement of the Blanding's turtle an endangered species that has recently experienced a high mortality rate on this section of road.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 26th. Drivers may encounter single lane closures between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If night work becomes necessary, single lane closures will be permitted between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Lane closures are not allowed during peak commuting hours. Drivers may encounter lane shifts throughout the duration of the project. Also, we are allowing the contractor to fully close this section Route 236 during the first weekend of May. This part of the road will be closed from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 3rd. Signage will direct drivers to a detour involving Route 101 (Goodwin Road) and Beech Road. We expect this project will be completed by Friday, May 14th.

The contractor on this project is LIMC Corp of Kennebunk. The contract amount is $288,120.

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4/23/2021: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 27 in Boothbay

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BOOTHBAY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be resealing traffic count sensors on Route 27 in Boothbay on Monday, April 26th. The work area is north of the intersection with River Road. Crews will begin working on the southbound side at 8:30 a.m. before moving to the northbound side. This work will require lane closures. The entire project should be complete by the early afternoon. These traffic count sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles that use this road throughout the year. This work is weather-dependent. In the event of rain, the schedule will slide to Tuesday, April 27th.

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4/23/2021: Northbound I-295 Bridge Work in Portland and South Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making improvements to the northbound side of I-295 in Portland and South Portland. We will be repairing bridge joints on seven interstate bridges. This work will improve safety and mobility. The project area begins at the northbound I-295 bridge over State Route 703 in South Portland and extends north to the northbound I-295 bridge over Washington Avenue in Portland.

Work will begin on Monday, April 26th but is not expected to impact traffic until May 3rd. The project should be complete by the end of 2021.

Drivers should expect periodic shoulder and lane closures throughout the duration of this work. Our goal is to perform most this work at night to lessen traffic impacts. MaineDOT conducted similar work on the southbound I-295 bridge joints in 2020. More daytime work was allowed on that project because the pandemic had greatly reduced traffic volumes.

We want to remind drivers to be careful when passing through work zones. Being attentive and obeying work zone speed limits helps create safer working conditions for our crews and contracting partners.

The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond. The contract amount is $4.3 million.

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4/21/2021: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Inspection and Paving Work

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HANCOCK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting inspection and paving work on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge. The historic, 82-year-old bridge carries Route 15 over Eggemoggin Reach between Deer Isle and Sedgwick in Hancock County.

Bridge traffic may periodically be reduced to a single lane to accommodate this inspection and paving work. The anticipated completion date is July 1st.

The contractor conducting the inspection is TranSystems of Boston, MA. The contract amount is $395,098. The paving work is being done by BMB Construction of Brewer. That contract amount is $1,238,860.

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4/12/2021: Overnight Ramp Closures Under Wilson Street Bridge in Brewer

MaineDOT

News Release for April 12, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BREWER - The Maine Department of Transportation's ongoing work on the new Wilson Street Bridge will require overnight ramp closures this week while the contractor, Wyman & Simpson, Inc., installs structural steel. The I-395 ramps under the bridge will be closed to traffic from 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12th to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13th and then again from 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13th to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14th.

Traffic that normally uses the ramp from Wilson Street/Route 1A westbound to I-395 westbound will be detoured west along Wilson Street, go left to Parkway South, and then go right to the I-395 westbound on-ramp. Traffic that normally uses the ramp from I-395 eastbound to Wilson Street/Route 1A westbound will be detoured from I-395 to Exit 5, go right on Parkway South, and then go right to Wilson Street.

The Wilson Street Bridge replacement project is the first phase of MaineDOT's I-395/Route 9 Connector project. This project will complete the "missing link" between I-395 and Route 9. The new road will improve connectivity, mobility, and safety in the region. This project will provide economic benefits to both the Bangor area and the entire State of Maine.

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4/9/2021: Maine Launches Capt. Richard G. Spear Ferry

MaineDOT

News Release for April 9, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EAST BOOTHBAY - This morning, Governor Janet Mills and the Maine Department of Transportation in conjunction with its contracting partners at Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. launched the Capt. Richard G. Spear.

The new Maine State Ferry Service vessel's namesake, Richard G. Spear, led a full and interesting life that included more than 60 years in the maritime field. At age 17, Spear was part of a team that retraced Christopher Columbus's voyage from Europe to America. Following that expedition, he returned to Rockland, finished high school, and enrolled in the newly established Maine Maritime Academy, graduating in 1942 a member of the school's second graduating class. During World War II, Capt. Spear served in the Merchant Marines in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean war zones.

In 1959, Capt. Spear became the first employee of the Maine State Ferry Service. He was soon appointed manager and held that position for 30 years until his retirement in 1989.

Outside his work, Capt. Spear led an exceptionally busy life. He was a scuba diver, airplane pilot, and member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He served on the Port District in Rockland for close to 60 years, making him the city's longest serving elected official. He traveled to many parts of the world, including the North Pole, Antarctica, Cuba, and Australia.

After Capt. Spear passed away in May 2018, the members of the Maine State Ferry Service Advisory Board voted unanimously to name a vessel in his honor.

Fabrication began in August 2018 at Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. in East Boothbay. The vessel is 154 feet long and 38 feet wide. It's estimated to weigh 465 tons. This new ferry has the capacity to hold 250 passengers and 23 vehicles. It was designed by Gilbert Associates of Braintree, MA. The total cost including all design, engineering, and construction work is $10.9 million.

Governor Janet T. Mills said, "Maine ferries along with fishing vessels, container ships, and others boats that make daily trips among our shores to feed our state, bring our goods to market, and transport residents and visitors alike are an important part of our economy and an irreplaceable part of our history. I am honored to help christen another Maine-made ferry, the Capt. Richard G. Spear, named for a man with life-long contributions to the Maine State Ferry Service and the City of Rockland. I wish the Capt. Richard G. Spear fair winds and following seas for many years to come."

Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce A. Van Note said, "We are fortunate that we were able to award this contract to a Maine company and that the construction of the Capt. Richard G. Spear was able to happen right here in East Boothbay. Teams of carpenters, designers, electricians, engineers, mechanics, painters, pipefitters, and welders have logged thousands of hours to make this vessel seaworthy. We thank them for their dedication and hard work."

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. President Katie Doughty Maddox said, "The importance of building Maine State Ferry Service vessels in the state, by Maine residents, should not be overlooked. Washburn & Doughty employs a team of 90 craftsmen who take enormous pride in their respective trades and have created a national reputation for first-class steel vessels. The fact that the state need look no further than East Boothbay for new vessel construction is a boon to the state and to the livelihood of many Maine families. We are proud to build a first-class product for the state and look forward to the possibility of additional vessels in the future."

Maine Maritime Academy President Dr. William J. Brennan said, "Capt. Richard G. Spear lived his life, and he lived it well. Generations of Maine Maritime Academy graduates, those who graduated yesterday and those who will graduate in the future, are the keepers of our heritage a heritage that was forged by Capt. Richard G. Spear, Maine Maritime Academy Class of 1943-2, and there is no more fitting way to memorialize what he has done for his State of Maine than to honor him as we are today with the launch of the Capt. Richard G. Spear."

Linda Spear, Capt. Spear's daughter, said, "My father was a true gentleman. He had a dry sense of humor and made friends easily as he traveled the world. He loved his family and the sea. We are proud to see his name on this ferry."

The Capt. Richard G. Spear will now undergo several months of sea trials. It will arrive in Rockland later this summer and begin serving Vinalhaven.


Pictures throughout the construction process as well as pictures and video (including drone footage) of this morning's launch are available to download here:

https://file.ac/z5xP8usznN4/

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4/8/2021: PRESS ADVISORY: Maine to Launch New Ferry Tomorrow Morning

MaineDOT

News Release for April 8, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EAST BOOTHBAY - Governor Janet Mills and the Maine Department of Transportation in conjunction with its contracting partners at Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. will launch the Capt. Richard G. Spear ferry in East Boothbay on Friday morning.

WHO:

Governor Janet T. Mills
Bruce A. Van Note - Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation
Dr. William J. Brennan - President, Maine Maritime Academy
Katie Doughty Maddox - President, Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc.
Linda Spear - Ferry Sponsor

WHAT:

Christening and Launch of the Capt. Richard G. Spear

WHERE:

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc.
7 Enterprise Street
East Boothbay, Maine

WHEN:

Friday, April 9, 2021
Ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.
Launch happens at 10:15 a.m.

Members of the media wishing to attend should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. and park in the municipal lot between Church and School Streets. Attendees are required to wear face coverings and close-toed shoes.

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4/1/2021: MaineDOT Awards Construction Contract for Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge Project

MaineDOT

News Release for April 1, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) has awarded the construction contract for the Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge Project to Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The construction phase of this project is the result of a productive collaboration between MaineDOT and the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI). This project also involves detailed coordination with federal agencies in both the United States and Canada.

This project will replace the bridge that provides a critical connection between Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. The current structure is 100 years old and approaching the end of its useful life. The bridge deck and superstructure are in poor condition and show signs of advanced deterioration. Since October 2017, the International Bridge has been posted at a five-ton weight limit, creating a significant detour. Furthermore, the existing building and site of the land port of entry on the U.S. side are substandard and need to be replaced.

The new bridge will be constructed on a new alignment: it will cross the St. John River at an approximately 45-degree angle and be located approximately 1,400 feet upstream from the existing bridge. Because of this new alignment, the new structure will be nearly twice the length of the existing one. The new bridge will feature wider travel lanes and added shoulders on both sides. There will also be a raised sidewalk on the downstream side of the new bridge. The new bridge will be constructed using steel girders supported on concrete substructures and is designed to last 100 years.

MaineDOT advertised this contract for bids on December 23rd and opened bids on February 24th. Three contractors (two in Maine and one in New Brunswick) had been pre-qualified to bid on this project. The two Maine companies submitted bids; the New Brunswick company did not. The low bidder was Reed & Reed with a bid of $86,532,251. This bid results in a total project cost of approximately $10.9 million more than previous estimates. This is a large, complex, multi-year project, and both MaineDOT and NBDTI have agreed to move forward with awarding this critical contract.

MaineDOT released the latest edition of its three-year Work Plan in January. Since the development of this year's Work Plan, the U.S. Department of Transportation has authorized the amount for the Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) at a level $15.7 million higher than MaineDOTs original projections. This funding will be used to cover the cost overages on the International Bridge Project.

The total project cost will be $97.5 million. In 2019, this project received a $36-million Infrastructure for Rebuilding American (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. The remaining costs are being shared by MaineDOT and NBDTI.

"The year-long challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have laid bare the importance of the connections between Maine and Canada," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "We are eager to move forward with this project to greatly improve one of these vital connection points. This new bridge will improve safety and support economic activities on both sides of the international border."

"This international bridge is more than just a piece of infrastructure: it is an important link that brings communities and countries together," said New Brunswicks Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. "This project will contribute to our priority of energizing the private sector by facilitating the movement of people and goods. This will allow our businesses to remain competitive while fostering economic growth in the region."

Jackson Parker, CEO of Reed & Reed, Inc. said, "Reed & Reed is pleased to be rebuilding this critical link between families, communities, and nations. We will be looking to hire locally as much as possible. We have a long history of building bridges for MaineDOT, beginning in 1928 with a $1,676 contract to replace a bridge in Hermon. We are excited to begin work on this project."

Construction work is expected to begin later this month. We anticipate opening the new bridge to traffic by the end of 2023. Demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin once traffic is moved onto the new bridge. The estimated final completion date of this project is June 30th, 2025.

Design and construction of the new land port of entry on the U.S. side is a separate project being administered by the U.S. General Services Administration.

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3/31/2021: MaineDOT Closes Rockland Ferry Terminal After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

MaineDOT

News Release for March 31, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA- The Maine Department of Transportation closed the Maine State Ferry Service Rockland Ferry Terminal Wednesday morning in response to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. During the building closure, members of the traveling public can still board ferries in Rockland. They will be able to pay their fares upon arrival at the island terminals.

MaineDOT was informed of the test result this morning and notified coworkers. The department is working with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to identify close contacts of this individual, who is isolating and was last in the office on March 26th. No members of the public have been identified as close contacts.

MaineDOT temporarily closed the Rockland terminal office as a precaution, to allow time for close contacts to be notified and for appropriate cleaning and sanitizing per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We expect the building will reopen on Friday morning.

In order to abide by privacy requirements, MaineDOT is limited in releasing further information about this case. We wish our employee a speedy recovery.

All MaineDOT offices have instituted appropriate physical distancing, face covering, and sanitation policies.

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be taken seriously regardless of the setting. Those measures include maintaining physical distance, wearing a face covering, avoiding gatherings, staying home if you're not feeling well, and speaking to your health care provider if you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as shortness of breath, fever, and cough.

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3/29/2021: Downtown Camden Improvements Update

MaineDOT

News Release for March 29, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CAMDEN - The ongoing Maine Department of Transportation project in the Town of Camden will begin impacting downtown traffic again during the week of April 12th. This work involves making sidewalk and draining improvements on Elm Street (Route 1). The project area begins at Union Street and extends north approximately one-quarter of a mile, just past Bay View Street. The upcoming work will also impact Commercial Street.

We plan to maintain two-way traffic during as much of the construction period as possible. The contract only allows a single-lane traffic pattern at the southern end of the project area. Because we will be working on underground drainage, on-street parking will be limited during this work. We thank residents, business owners, and members of the traveling public in advance for their patience and understanding while we make these important safety improvements.

The contractor on this project is Ranger Construction of Fairfield. The contract amount is $869,930. Our estimated final completion date on this project is June 18th, 2021.

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3/19/2021: I-295 Exit Ramp Work in Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for March 19, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be rehabilitating the southbound I-295 exit ramp at Washington Ave. (Exit 8) in Portland. The off-ramp wearing surface needs to be replaced. Work is scheduled to begin on March 29th. The exit ramp lane will be narrowed to a single lane from March 29th through mid-June. The project is expected to be fully completed by November 5th. This work is not expected to impact traffic on I-295 or Washington Ave. As a reminder, drivers should use extreme caution while passing work crews. The contractor on this project is Scott Construction Corporation of Portland. The contract amount is $681,696.

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3/12/2021: "Maine Ahead" Virtual Public Meeting

MaineDOT

News Release for March 12, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be assisting the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority with a virtual public meeting to discuss the ongoing "Maine Ahead" project on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss capacity improvements to the interstate during peak travel times by allowing travel on the low-speed shoulder as needed.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. and will be conducted via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95253526733?pwd=S3hiNmhOcS9URlRFaURQZHBubU0xUT09

Presentation materials and the meeting link will be located on the NHDOT website: https://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/portsmouthyork16189b/index.htm

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The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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3/11/2021: Bayview Street Bridge Work Beginning in Yarmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for March 11, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YARMOUTH - Beginning next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will be impacting traffic on the Bayview Street Bridge in Yarmouth. This bridge carries Bayview Street over I-295. MaineDOT is beginning work on a project to replace the deck of the bridge, add a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge, and increase the height of the bridge rail on both sides of the bridge. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport, and the contract amount is $1,687,258.

Between March 15th and 19th, traffic may be reduced to a single lane during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Flaggers will control an alternating traffic pattern. On March 22nd, traffic will be reduced to a single lane until early September. We are scheduled to reopen the bridge to two lanes of traffic on September 2nd. Beginning on September 7th, more lane restrictions may be required, but they will only happen between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The project is scheduled to be complete in early November.

We want to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding as we work to make these important safety and mobility improvements. We understand the important access this bridge provides. On-site crews are available to help motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians navigate the bridge during construction. To learn more information, provide feedback, or ask questions, please visit www.maine.gov/mdot/vpi.

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3/8/2021: Major Traffic Alert from the City of Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for March 8, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


The Maine Department of Transportation is sharing this major traffic alert from the City of Portland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Grondin - 207-272-7885

**MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT**

Upcoming I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closures as Part of Back Cove South Storage Facility Work
Eight weeks of ramp closures to begin March 15

PORTLAND, Maine -- The City's Back Cove South Storage Facility project is entering its next phase of work, which is to connect the existing utilities (new or replaced) within the intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street to the new storage tanks under the Preble Street playing fields. As a result, there will be an approximate eight week period of alternating closures to the on and off ramps of the I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) interchange beginning March 15. The City will be placing variable message boards with the latest ramp closure information in the vicinity of the work. The ramp closures will vary during the eight week timeframe so motorists should pay attention to the message boards or make plans to seek alternate routes during this time.

This project is one of the City's latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows into Back Cove. The work to reduce overflows is part of the City's agreement with the U.S. EPA to reduce and eliminate the flow of combined waste being discharged. A combined sewer system transports wastewater from home, industries, and businesses, as well as storm water collected from streets, parking lots, roofs, and yards to the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant. A combined sewer overflow occurs when the combined sewer capacity is overwhelmed during heavy rain events and a mix of sewer and storm water is discharged into Back Cove.

The Department of Public Works has been coordinating with the prime contractor, Sargent Corporation, and the Maine Department of Transportation to put forth a sequencing and staging plan as part of a traffic control plan to minimize the impacts to the traveling public. MaineDOT has requested that all work be completed by Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.

Work Detail

  • Installation of approximately 750 feet of 72" Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) pipe (to replace failing pipe), including the installation of new CSO structure, backflow prevention and outfall.
  • Installation of approximately 850 feet of 8x6 box culvert storm drain including new outfall with backflow prevention.
  • Installation of approximately 1,500 feet of 12-inch force main (to the intersection of Marginal Way and Diamond Street).
  • Associated work including staging, excavation, shoring, other underground utility installation (storm drainage and electrical), road reconstruction, sidewalk construction, fencing, guardrail, paving, striping and signage.

The project schedule and related graphics can be found on the Public Works website.

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3/5/2021: Veranda Street (I-295) Bridge Replacement Construction Beginning in Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for March 5, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning construction work on the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge in Portland. The bridge carries I-295 over Veranda Street. The structure is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadways beneath the bridge to improve mobility and safety.

Crews will begin mobilizing equipment and doing utility work during the week of March 8th. There will be minimal traffic impacts on Veranda Street and no traffic impacts on the interstate at this time.

This project will eventually involve a 60-hour closure of I-295 in order to facilitate accelerated bridge construction. Crews will construct the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and then slide the new structure into place during the 60-hour closure. The contractor on this project, Cianbro, has until May 1st to select whether the weekend for this full interstate closure will be in October of this year or April of 2022. In addition to the closure of I-295, Veranda Street will be closed for up to seven days during the time of the bridge slide. MaineDOT will be conducting significant public outreach efforts in the coming months about these closures and the detours that will be available to drivers.

The contract for construction is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million. We aim to have this project completed by the end of 2022.

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3/3/2021: West Buxton Bridge Posting

MaineDOT

News Release for March 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YORK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation has posted a weight restriction on the West Buxton Bridge, which spans the Saco River between Route 112 in Buxton and Route 35 in Hollis. The new weight limit is 30 tons. At this weight limit, cars, pickup trucks, school buses, and most emergency vehicles will still be able to cross the bridge. All vehicles in excess of 30 tons should use an alternate route involving Routes 22, 35, and 112.

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2/26/2021: "Maine Ahead" Lane Closures in Kittery

MaineDOT

News Release for February 26, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Maine Department of Transportation and its contracting partners will be closing the left travel lanes on both sides of the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge on Sunday, February 28th. Crews will close the left lane on the northbound side at 7:00 p.m. and the left lane on the southbound side at 10:00 p.m. These closures are happening to accommodate work on bridge joints. We expect both left travel lanes will remain closed until the bridge joint work is finished in May.

Additionally, crews will be closing the middle lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides nightly between Sunday, February 28th and Friday, March 5th.

Traffic volumes on the bridge remain down between 20 and 25 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels. That drop in traffic has created safer working conditions for our crews and contractors. Decreased traffic levels have also helped our productivity. We will no longer need to close the northbound Exit 7 on-ramp as originally planned.

We want to remind drivers to pay attention and drive carefully in construction work zones. Lanes are narrower, and our crews are working close to traffic. We continue to appreciate the patience and understanding of the members of the traveling public as we work on these important safety improvements. For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for potential breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

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2/22/2021: MaineDOT Assisting Maine CDC with Outbreak Investigation

MaineDOT

News Release for February 22, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is assisting the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention with its investigation of a COVID-19 outbreak associated with MaineDOT's bridge operations in Southport and South Bristol.

Maine CDC defines an outbreak as three or more cases with epidemiological links. This outbreak investigation includes six confirmed cases in MaineDOT employees and one confirmed case in a contractor.

Separately, MaineDOT is also aware of positive COVID-19 cases associated with department crew camps in both North Augusta and North Berwick. At this time, neither of these two locations is being investigated as an outbreak.

These cases do not impact MaineDOT's ability to respond to emergency situations, including plowing snow during winter weather events.

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2/11/2021: Penobscot County Bridge Replacement

MaineDOT

News Release for February 11, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


T3 INDIAN PURCHASE TWP - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning work to replace the Detective Benjamin Campbell Bridge in T3 Indian Purchase TWP. This bridge carries Route 11 over the West Branch Penobscot River approximately four miles southwest of Millinocket. The current bridge is structurally deficient. Traffic is currently limited to one truck at a time.

Utility work has been underway for several weeks. Recently, the contractor on this project, T. Buck Construction of Turner, has started to clear trees to make room for the construction of a temporary detour bridge on the east side of the existing structure. This temporary bridge will allow one-way, alternating traffic, controlled by temporary traffic signals, during the construction period. Construction on the temporary bridge is scheduled to begin on March 2nd. The structure should be fully constructed and open to traffic in the fall.

The new permanent bridge will include a ten-foot-wide sidewalk, which will serve as a recreational vehicle crossing. The existing bridge that is dedicated to ATV and snowmobile traffic will also remain. Construction of the new Detective Benjamin Campbell bridge is scheduled to be finished in October 2023. The total project cost is $8.3 million.

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1/25/2021: MaineDOT Releases Three-Year Work Plan

MaineDOT

News Release for January 25, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - Today, the Maine Department of Transportation released the 2021 Edition of its three-year Work Plan. This Work Plan includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives, and administrative functions for calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023. This plan contains 2,180 individual work items with a total value of $2.71 billion.

Despite significant challenges arising from the pandemic, this Work Plan maintains essential service and provides for solid capital programs. It does so with robust and prudent state bonding made possible by historically low interest rates and by fully utilizing discretionary and extraordinary federal funding. It also seeks to expand partnership programs, support existing and emerging businesses, refocus investment in our villages, and confront climate change.

This Work Plan includes nearly $1.4 billion for highway and bridge capital projects over the next three years. That includes:

  • 166 bridge projects (estimated cost: $504 million).
  • 100 miles of highway construction and rehabilitation (estimated cost: $212 million).
  • 222 highway safety and spot improvements (estimated cost: $122 million).
  • 893 miles of preservation paving (estimated cost: $321 million).
  • 2,175 miles of Light Capital Paving (estimated cost: $108 million).
Notable projects in this Work Plan include:
  • Construction of the I-395/Route 9 Connector in Brewer/Eddington (estimated cost: $90.8 million).
    Partially funded by $25 million in federal grant money.
  • Replacement of two bridges that carry I-295 in Yarmouth and two that cross I-295 in Freeport (estimated cost of all four projects: $38.8 million).
    Partially funded by $18.9 million in federal grant money.
  • Replacement of the Route 1 (Station 46) Bridge in Woolwich (estimated cost: $32.5 million).
    Partially funded $25 million in federal grant money.
  • Bridge replacements and intersection improvements in Old Town and Stillwater (estimated cost: $20 million).
    Partially funded by $10.7 million in federal grant money.
  • A railroad siding and platform project to improve Downeaster service in Wells (estimated cost: $23 million).
    Partially funded by $16.2 in federal grant money.
  • Continued work on the Acadia Gateway Center project in Trenton (estimated cost: $23 million).
    Partially funded by $12.8 million in federal grant money.
  • Two Maine State Ferry Service vessel replacements (estimated cost: $19 million).
  • Heavy rehabilitation work on U.S. Route 1 in Machias and East Machias (estimated cost: $6 million).
  • Dredging Searsport harbor (estimated cost: $5.3 million).
  • Improvements to the Eastern Trail in Scarborough (estimated cost: $4.8 million).
This Work Plan, like all such plans, is dependent upon funding assumptions involving state Highway Fund revenue, state bonding, and federal funds. Should funding sources not materialize, the work items within this plan will need to be adjusted to reflect funding changes.

Despite experiencing a year like no other, MaineDOT continues to deliver at an extraordinary rate. The on-time delivery rate for our capital program was a record-breaking 94 percent in 2020. Our essential mission remains unchanged: to support economic opportunity and quality of life by responsibly providing our customers with the safest and most reliable transportation system possible, given available resources.

Transportation needs in Maine continue to far outpace available resources. The pre-pandemic estimate of MaineDOT's unmet need was $232 million per year. That shortfall figure was calculated after assuming that state bonding of $100 million or more will continue annually. The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic including drops in traffic volumes and, subsequently, Highway Fund revenue have exacerbated MaineDOT's funding challenges.

"In the short term, we must focus on defeating the virus, restoring our economy, helping Maine people and businesses in need, and addressing budget shortfalls," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "In the long term, we have great opportunities to make a real difference for the people of Maine after we resolve the chronic funding challenges in our transportation system. By investing in transportation, we can move Maine forward."

View and search the 2021 Edition of the MaineDOT Work Plan by visiting www.mainedot.gov.

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1/22/2021: Traffic Signal Changes in Downtown Wiscasset

MaineDOT

News Release for January 22, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing to monitor the operation of the new traffic signals in downtown Wiscasset. In response to requests by the town, supported by data, we are making changes to signal operations at one intersection. Beginning on Monday, January 25th, the traffic signals at the intersections of Main and Middle Streets and Main and Water Streets will now flash between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from mid-October to mid-May. The operations of the traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 1 and 27 will not change those lights will cycle all day long throughout the entire year.

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1/11/2021: More Possible Overnight Road Closures in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for January 11, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges as needed to accommodate ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. These closures may happen between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. between Monday, January 18th and Friday, January 29th. Road closures will not occur on Saturday nights.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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1/4/2021: NEW UPDATE: Lane Restriction on I-295 in Topsham on Monday

MaineDOT

News Release for January 4, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NEW UPDATE: Weather delayed this work. It is now scheduled for Thursday, January 7th.

TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the right-hand, northbound lane of traffic on I-295 at Exit 31 on Thursday, January 7th. The lane closure will extend for approximately half a mile, and we expect the closure to go from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This lane closure is required so crews can clear a culvert to alleviate a flooding issue. Like all outdoor work, this schedule is weather-dependent. Please drive carefully when passing our road crews.

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1/3/2021: Fire Destroys Fort Fairfield Garage

MaineDOT

News Release for January 3, 2021

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FORT FAIRFIELD - An overnight fire has destroyed the main building at the Maine Department of Transportation's Fort Fairfield facility. The Fort Fairfield Fire and Rescue Department responded to the garage at 86 High Street at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, January 3rd. There are no reports of any injuries. The fire destroyed two trucks, a backhoe, and several other smaller pieces of equipment that were inside the garage. We do not believe anyone was at the facility in the hours before the fire started. The Fort Fairfield Fire and Rescue Department is investigating exactly how the fire started.

The loss of the building, vehicles, and equipment should not have a significant impact on the level of service MaineDOT provides.

MaineDOT would like to thank the crews from the fire departments in Fort Fairfield, Easton, and Presque Isle for responding to help.

Pictures are available. Please contact Paul Merrill by emailing paul.merrill@maine.gov.

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12/28/2020: UPDATE: Road Closure for Emergency Bridge Work in Pownal Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for December 28, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Due to this week's weather, this work will now extend to Thursday.

POWNAL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be intermittently closing part of Poland Range Road in Pownal next week to facilitate emergency bridge repair work. The bridge, which crosses Chandler Brook, will be closed to traffic between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4th; Tuesday, January 5th; and Wednesday, January 6th. Like all outdoor construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent. There will be a posted detour. The length of that detour is less than one mile.

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12/21/2020: More Possible Overnight Road Closures in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for December 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges as needed to accommodate ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. These closures may happen between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. between Monday, December 21st and Friday, January 8th. Road closures will not occur on Saturday nights, Sunday nights, or holidays.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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12/21/2020: Tuesday Night Ramp Closure in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for December 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound I-95 on-ramp at Exit 130 in Waterville on Tuesday between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. This ramp brings traffic from Main Street (Route 104) onto the northbound side of the interstate. This closure is necessary while crews remove a lighting pole.

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12/21/2020: I-95 NB Closed from MM 167 to 173

MaineDOT

News Release for December 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Dixmont/Etna: I-95 northbound will be closed from Exit 167 (Dixmont /Etna) to Exit 173, (Carmel) starting at 9:00 am today, December 21st to allow Maine State Police to facilitate the recovery of a tractor trailer that went off the road at mile marker 171. Detour Route C will be used, which will be marked with appropriate signage. This closure could last up to 4 hours.

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12/8/2020: Mattawamkeag Bridge Replacement

MaineDOT

News Release for December 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MATTAWAMKEAG - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Mattawamkeag Bridge in Mattawamkeag. This bridge carries Route 2 over the Mattawamkeag River. Work is scheduled to begin on December 14th.

Crews will install a temporary bridge downstream of the existing bridge to allow for alternating, single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals during construction of the new bridge. The temporary bridge should be fully constructed in the spring of 2021. While this temporary bridge is in use, access to Willow Street from Route 2 will be prohibited. Traffic will be detoured using Depot Street (the next street over).

The contractor on this bridge replacement project is Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The contract amount is $11,285,267. Funds from a discretionary federal TIGER Grant are helping to cover some of the costs of this and other bridge replacement projects. The anticipated completion date of this project is December 31st, 2023.

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12/8/2020: Pleasant River Bridge Replacement in Milo

MaineDOT

News Release for December 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MILO - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Pleasant River Bridge in Milo. This bridge carries Pleasant Street over the Pleasant River. Work is scheduled to begin on December 14th. Crews will maintain two-way traffic on the existing bridge until the new bridge is opened. The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond. The contract amount is $6,954,444. Funds from a discretionary federal TIGER Grant are helping to cover some of the costs of this and other bridge replacement projects. The estimated completion date for this bridge replacement project is June 30th, 2023.

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12/4/2020: Possible Overnight Road Closures in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for December 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges as needed to accommodate ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. These closures may happen between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. between Wednesday, December 9th and Friday, December 18th.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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11/20/2020: MaineDOT Assisting Maine CDC with Outbreak Investigation

MaineDOT

News Release for November 20, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is assisting the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention with its investigation of a COVID-19 outbreak associated with MaineDOT's Region 3 office in Wilton. Maine CDC defines an outbreak as three or more cases with epidemiological links. This outbreak investigation includes five confirmed cases. As part of its work to limit further transmission, Maine CDC is investigating whether transmission occurred within or outside the facility and is conducting contact tracing.

All employees at this office can effectively telework and have been doing so since November 12th - the same day MaineDOT conducted a thorough cleaning of the Wilton office. All MaineDOT facilities and job sites have robust precautions in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The affected employees do not have routine interactions with members of the public.

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11/19/2020: Overnight Road Closures in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for November 19, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges as needed between now and Friday, December 4th. This is part of the ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. The overnight road closures will happen between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. No closures will be happening over the holiday weekend (from Wednesday, November 25th to Sunday, November 29th).

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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11/13/2020: Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge Lane Closures and Traffic Shifts

MaineDOT

News Release for November 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Work on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge will result in significant lane closures and traffic shifts next week to accommodate median work. This median work is expected to continue until October 2021.

Beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, November 16th, crews will be closing the southbound right travel lane. The contractor will close another lane at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th to accommodate a traffic shift. The southbound side will be back open to two lanes by 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18th. The southbound left travel lane on the bridge will remain closed. Crews will open the bridge to three lanes (closer to the outside edge of the bridge) by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20th.

The northbound right travel lane is already closed. The contractor will close another lane at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20th to accommodate a traffic shift. The northbound side will be back open to two lanes by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21st. The northbound left travel lane on the bridge will remain closed. Crews will open the bridge to three lanes (closer to the outside edge of the bridge) by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st.

Like all outdoor construction work, this schedule is heavily dependent on weather conditions.

This bridge work is part of the "Maine Ahead" project, which also involves the Maine Turnpike Authority and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The improvements on the Piscataqua River Bridge and at the York Toll Plaza will revitalize Maine's southern gateway. High-speed tolling will be available in York, and part-time shoulder use will be an option on the bridge.

Drivers should obey work-zone speed limits and be alert and careful while passing our crews. Our primary focus is the safety of both our crews and the traveling public.

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11/9/2020: UPDATE: Hampden Bridge Bundle Overnight Road Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for November 9, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This closure will now happen between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10th and 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11th.

HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges on Monday, November 9th as part of the ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. The road will close at 7:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10th.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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11/5/2020: Kingfield Highway Rehabilitation

MaineDOT

News Release for November 5, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KINGFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing highway rehabilitation work along part of Routes 16 and 27 in Kingfield. The project area begins at the intersection of High Street and extends north for approximately 2.3 miles, ending three-quarters of a mile north of Tufts Pond Road. This project involves paving work as well as drainage and safety improvements. We will also be replacing and adding sidewalks.

On Monday, November 9th, crews will begin a few weeks of excavation work. Because of the limited daylight hours, that work will happen between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Once this excavation work is finished, work on this project will be suspended until the spring. When work resumes next year, work hours for this project will be between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. The estimated completion date for this project is October 1st, 2022.

The contractor on this project is Sargent Corporation of Stillwater. The contract amount is $9,168,952.

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11/4/2020: UPDATE: Final Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shift of 2020

MaineDOT

News Release for November 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This traffic shift is now scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at approximately 10:00 a.m. It has been delayed several times due to weather.

HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound traffic on I-95 to a temporary diversion road on November 2nd. This traffic shift will happen near mile marker 180, where the interstate crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. Interstate speeds limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile-long stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream, and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved in this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

This shift is the fourth and final northbound traffic shift of 2020. Southbound traffic shifts are planned for 2021.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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10/23/2020: Downtown Camden Improvements

MaineDOT

News Release for October 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CAMDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation and Town of Camden will be making sidewalk and drainage improvements to Elm Street (Route 1) in Camden. The project area begins at Union Street and extends north approximately one-quarter of a mile, just past Bay View Street.

Our work may begin impacting traffic on October 26th. Construction operations will stop during the winter months and resume in the spring. Our estimated final completion date on this project is June 11th, 2021.

We plan to maintain two-way traffic during as much of the construction period as possible. The contract only allows a single-lane traffic pattern at the southern end of the project area. Because we will be working on underground drainage, on-street parking will be limited during this work. We thank residents, business owners, and members of the traveling public in advance for their patience and understanding while we make these important safety improvements.

The contractor on this project is Ranger Construction of Fairfield. The contract amount is $869,930.

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10/23/2020: Slope Stabilization Work Along Route 140 in Canton

MaineDOT

News Release for October 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CANTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting slope stabilization work along Route 140 in Canton. The project area begins about a half-mile east of Canton Point Road and extends west for about one-third of a mile. Work is scheduled to begin on October 26th and wrap up for the winter by November 25th. We will return in the spring to continue the work. Flaggers will control traffic. This project is necessary because the bank is eroding, and we need to move the road alignment away from it. The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons, Inc. out of Mechanic Falls.

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10/23/2020: Paving Work on Route 202 in Manchester

MaineDOT

News Release for October 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MANCHESTER - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing paving work and making other safety improvements on Route 202 in Manchester today and tomorrow. Drivers should expect lane closures between 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The project area begins at the Manchester/Winthrop line and extends east for a little more than one mile. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt out of Richmond. The contract amount is $1,026,575.

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10/16/2020: UPDATE: Culvert Replacement and Route 1 Closure in Stockton Springs

MaineDOT

News Release for October 16, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE:

Route 1 in Stockton Springs will be reopened to traffic at sunrise tomorrow (Saturday, October 17th). There will be an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern on Monday while crews install guardrails and perform striping operations.

We'd like to thank the members of the traveling public for their patience and understanding while we complete this important work.

Original press release from 9-3-2020:

STOCKTON SPRINGS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a large culvert on Route 1 in Stockton Springs. The culvert is part of Stower Brook Bridge, which carries Route 1 over Stower Brook. The project area begins 0.8 mile north of Muskrat Farm Road and extends north, ending just south of Sandy Point Road. This work will require the closure of Route 1 for up to six weeks. Traffic detours using Routes 1A and 174 will be marked. Work is scheduled to begin on September 8th and be finished on October 30th. The contractor on this project is F.C. Work & Sons of Jackson. The contract amount is $1,195,724.

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10/15/2020: UPDATE: Route 114 Paving in Scarborough

MaineDOT

News Release for October 15, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Because we expect rain tomorrow, this paving is now scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th.

SCARBOROUGH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 114 in Scarborough tomorrow. The work is being done between New Road and Running Hill Road. The work is scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drivers should expect lane closures and plan for delays. The contractor on this project is St. Laurent & Sons Excavation, Inc. out of Lewiston.

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10/9/2020: Bridge Street Bridge Replacement in Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for October 9, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GARDINER - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin demolition of the Bridge Street Bridge on October 22nd. The Bridge Street Bridge was built in 1917. It carries Route 201 over the Cobbossecontee Stream in downtown Gardiner. Crews have already begun construction on the new bridge. We will be sliding the more-than-700-ton structure into place over the course of several days. The bridge slide is scheduled for the first week in November. Once the new bridge is in place, crews will work on connecting utilities and paving before the new bridge can open to traffic. All this work will take approximately 30 days. Traffic will be detoured to Summer and Winter Streets. The new Bridge Street Bridge is scheduled to open in late November. The contractor will return in the spring to finish intersection and trail work.

The Bridge Street Bridge replacement project is the final phase of a series of comprehensive transportation improvements to downtown Gardiner that MaineDOT began last year. Other aspects of this project include the 2019 replacement of the Maine Avenue Bridge, which was built in 1925 and widened in 1933. The East Coast Greenway Trail crosses the Maine Avenue Bridge, and the trailhead for the Kennebec River Rail Trail is nearby. Our project extended the Kennebec River Rail Trail to a new multi-use trail bridge that crosses the Cobbossee Stream. The trail enhancements include landscaping, salvaged granite, ornamental lighting, safety features, and interpretive panels.

Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich is the contractor on this project. The total contract amount is $12.6 million.

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10/8/2020: UPDATE: Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shift

MaineDOT

News Release for October 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Because of this week's weather, the traffic shift is happening today - Thursday, October 15th.

HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound traffic on I-95 to a temporary diversion road on October 13th. This traffic shift will happen at the Center Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speeds limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved in this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

We will be shifting northbound traffic to one more diversion road later in 2020. Southbound traffic shifts are planned for 2021.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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10/8/2020: Hampden Bridge Bundle Overnight Road Closure Tonight

MaineDOT

News Release for October 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Emerson Mill Road to traffic at the I-95 bridges tonight as part of the ongoing construction work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project. The road will close at 7:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. We are also planning to move I-95 northbound traffic to our temporary bridge at mile marker 176 on Tuesday, October 13th.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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10/1/2020: Bridge Maintenance Work in Dresden

MaineDOT

News Release for October 1, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DRESDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the concrete wearing surface on Veterans Memorial Bridge in Dresden. This bridge carries Route 128 over the Eastern River. Work is scheduled to begin on October 5th and be finished by November 13th. Traffic will be detoured off Route 128 to Indian Road, down Route 127 to Route 194, and back to Route 128. The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. out of Richmond. The contract amount is $194,000.

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10/1/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 7 in Dexter

MaineDOT

News Release for October 1, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DEXTER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing traffic count sensors along Route 7 (Corrina Road) north of Route 94 (Garland Road) in Dexter next week. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year. Installation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th. We will close the southbound lane at 8:00 a.m. Work on that side should take about five hours. Work will then move to the northbound side and require the closure of that lane. Like all outdoor work, this installation is weather-dependent. The rain date is Wednesday, October 7th.

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9/28/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 4 in Turner

MaineDOT

News Release for September 28, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TURNER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing count sensors on Route 4 (Auburn Road) south of the intersection with Harlow Hill Road in Turner this week. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this road throughout the year. We will be closing the southbound side of the road at 8:00 a.m. on September 29th. Installation takes approximately ten hours. We will be closing the northbound lane at 8:00 a.m. on September 30th. All work should be finished by October 1st. Like all outside work, this schedule is dependent upon weather conditions.

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9/22/2020: UPDATE: Ohio Street Bridge Work Will Involve Full Interstate Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for September 22, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


9-22 UPDATE:

Due to expected rain, the contractor has pushed back striping operations by one day. Northbound closures are now planned between 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24th. Southbound closures are now planned between 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24th and 5:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25th.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

BANGOR - The ongoing Ohio Street Bridge replacement project in Bangor will require full closures of the interstate next week to accommodate road striping operations. The contractor plans to close the northbound side of I-95 between 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22nd and 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd and close the southbound side between 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23rd and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24th. Signs will direct drivers to detour routes. Maps are also available on the project website. Like all outdoor construction work, this work is weather-dependent.

The new Ohio Street Bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in October. The new structure includes non-corrosive materials to reduce future maintenance needs. The new bridge also provides an additional 18 inches of clearance for vehicles on the interstate. This project added a turning lane on Ohio Street for vehicles turning onto the ramp to travel southbound on I-95.

The contractor on this work is T. Buck Construction, Inc. of Turner. The contract amount is $5,968,445.

For more information, visit the project website: https://www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/bangor/ohiost/.

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9/18/2020: Route 43 Bridge Work in Old Town

MaineDOT

News Release for September 18, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


OLD TOWN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge deck on the Gilman Falls Avenue Bridge in Old Town. The bridge carries Route 43 over I-95. Crews will begin widening ramps on Monday, September 21st. The ramps will remain open during this widening. That phase of the project should be done by early October, and the project will shut down for the winter. The contractor will resume work in late February or early March. Bridge demolition work will begin in March. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern during this phase of the project. All work on this project is expected to be finished by November 13th, 2021. The contractor is Northeast Paving (Eurovia) out of Hermon.

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9/14/2020: Work on Maine Mall Road in South Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for September 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOUTH PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making safety improvements along Maine Mall Road in South Portland. The project area affects the intersection that includes the entrances to Best Buy and the DoubleTree Hotel and extends 500 feet down Maine Mall Road in either direction. Work is scheduled to begin on September 15th and be finished by September 25th. Drivers should expect lane closures on Maine Mall Road, but crews will be maintaining two-way traffic. The entrances to Best Buy and the DoubleTree Hotel will be closed for several days, and traffic will be diverted to alternate entrances. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. The contract amount is $491,194.

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9/11/2020: I-295 Bridge Work Beginning in South Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for September 11, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOUTH PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing bridge maintenance work on the southbound side of I-295 in Portland. This project involves the bridges that carry the interstate over Westbrook Street (at Exit 3) and Route 703 (Exit 1). The first phase of work at Exit 3 is scheduled to begin on September 14th. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during this phase. The rest of the work at Exit 3 and all the work at Exit 1 will not begin until after the Columbus Day weekend. During this second phase, traffic will be reduced to one lane. All work will be finished by the end of the year. All I-295 exits will remain open during construction. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport. The contract amount on this project is $799,365.

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9/10/2020: Route 15 Paving Work in Orrington

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ORRINGTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting pavement preservation work on Route 15 in Orrington. The project area begins one-tenth of a mile west of Snow's Corner Road and extends east for 0.88 miles. Work is scheduled to begin on September 14th and be finished by October 21st. Drivers should expect temporary daytime lane closures with alternating, one-way traffic during working hours. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Hermon. The contract amount is $784,094.

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9/10/2020: I-95 Southbound Ramp Work in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - From Monday, September 14th to Friday, September 18th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on the I-95 southbound on- and off-ramps at Exits 217 and 227. These ramps will be closed for paving between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Message boards are already in place to alert drivers. Like all outdoor work, these paving operations are weather-dependent.

This work is part of a larger paving project on the southbound side of I-95. The project area begins at the Medway/T2 R9 NWP line and extends more than 47 miles south to the Kirkland Bridge in Old Town. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving. The current contract amount is $9,528,659.

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9/4/2020: I-95 Northbound Ramp Work in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for September 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be the on- and off-ramps at Exits 217 and 228 on the northbound side of I-95 between Monday, September 14th and Friday, September 18th. Paving operations will require ramp closures between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Message boards are already in place to alert drivers. This work is part of an ongoing project affecting the northbound side of the interstate between Argyle and T2 R8 NWP. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving.

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9/4/2020: Route 2 Bridge Work in New Sharon

MaineDOT

News Release for September 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NEW SHARON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing bridge joints on the Sandy River Bridge. The bridge carries Route 2 over the Sandy River in New Sharon. Work is scheduled to begin on September 8th and is scheduled to be finished by October 30th. A temporary traffic signal will control an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is BMB Construction of Brewer. The contract amount is $396,000. Surface pavement on the Sandy River Bridge will be completed in June 2021.

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9/4/2020: Route 108 Culvert Work in Canton

MaineDOT

News Release for September 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CANTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be reinforcing a culvert over Childs Brook on Route 108 (Pleasant Street) in Canton from September 8th to October 1st. The project area is three-quarters of a mile north of the Route 140 intersection. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during this work. The contractor on this project is C.L.H. & Son of Auburn. The contract amount is $145,000.

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8/31/2020: More Overnight Ramp Paving Along Route 1 in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for August 31, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting more overnight paving work on Route 1 in Bath this week. This work is part of a larger paving project on Route 1 that stretches more than five miles from the Cook's Corner Interchange in Brunswick to the Bath Viaduct and Sagadahoc Bridge. Northeast Paving is the contractor on this project. The current contract amount is $17,066,562.

On Monday, August 31st, the Congress Avenue on- and off-ramps on the southbound side of Route 1 will be closed at 9:00 p.m. for paving operations. At 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st, crews will close the New Meadows on- and off-ramps on the southbound side of Route 1. At 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd, paving operations will occur on New Meadows northbound on- and off-ramps. On Thursday, September 3rd, crews will pave the Congress Avenue on- and off-ramps on the northbound side of Route 1. All ramps will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on the day after they are closed. We will not be conducting any paving operations over the holiday weekend.

Signs will direct drivers to detours. We need to close the ramps during paving operations due to the size of the equipment and the safety of the traveling public and workers. Closing the ramps during operations will allow the work to be done more quickly. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent.

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8/27/2020: Ohio Street Bridge Work Nearing Completion

MaineDOT

News Release for August 27, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Ohio Street Bridge replacement project in Bangor is nearing completion. Construction of the new bridge continues. In the coming weeks, crews will focus on restoring the I-95 traffic pattern and finishing weather-sensitive night work. The Maine Department of Transportation plans to open the new bridge to traffic in early October. We appreciate the patience of the members of the traveling public while we complete this important work.

The previous Ohio Street Bridge was approximately 60 years old and was approaching the end of its useful life. The new structure includes non-corrosive materials to reduce future maintenance needs. The new bridge also provides an additional 18 inches of clearance for vehicles on the interstate. This project added a turning lane on Ohio Street for vehicles turning onto the ramp to travel southbound on I-95.

The contractor on this work is T. Buck Construction, Inc. of Turner. The contract amount is $5,968,445.

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8/25/2020: More Overnight Ramp Paving on Route 1 in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for August 25, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting more overnight paving work on Route 1 in Bath. Between 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27th and 6:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28th, crews will be paving the Congress Avenue off-ramp and on-ramp on the southbound side of Route 1. These ramps will be closed during paving operations. Signs will direct drivers to detours. We need to close the ramps during paving operations due to the size of the equipment and the safety of the traveling public and workers. Closing the ramps during operations will allow the work to be done more quickly. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent.

This ramp work is part of a larger paving project on Route 1 that stretches more than five miles from the Cook's Corner Interchange in Brunswick to the Bath Viaduct and Sagadahoc Bridge. Northeast Paving is the contractor on this project. The current contract amount is $17,066,562.

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8/21/2020: Route 4 Road Improvements in Franklin County

MaineDOT

News Release for August 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be sealing cracks along Route 4 in Franklin County. The project area begins in Strong, about one mile north of the Farmington line, and extends north for approximately 16.5 miles. Drivers should expect lane closures and an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern on Route 4. This project also involves crack-sealing work at the MaineDOT Region 3 Office in Wilton. Work is scheduled to begin on August 24th and end on September 1st. The contractor on this project is Coastal Road Repair of Windham. The contract amount is $80,688.

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8/21/2020: Culvert Replacement in Alna

MaineDOT

News Release for August 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ALNA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Route 218 in Alna next week. The project location is just south of West Alna Road. Work is scheduled to begin on August 24th and be finished by August 28th. Traffic will be detoured between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. The contractor on this project is Emery Lee & Sons of Millinocket. The contract amount is $76,437.

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8/21/2020: Interstate Paving in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for August 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving, bridge, and safety work along I-95 in between Carmel and Old Town. This project will involve nightly lane closures and ramp closures with detours. Work is scheduled to begin on August 23rd. We plan to suspend operations for the winter months on November 13th and complete the project in 2021. The contractor on this work is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The contract amount is $12,750,343.

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8/21/2020: Bridge Work in Athens

MaineDOT

News Release for August 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ATHENS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making improvements to Wesserunsett Bridge in Athens. Wesserunsett Bridge carries Route 43 over Wesserunsett Stream. This project involves work on the bridge's guardrails, curbs, and walls. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern during daytime hours. We don't expect any traffic impacts overnight. The contractor on this project is N.F. Luce of Ansen. The contract amount is $99,100. Work is scheduled to begin on August 26th and be finished by September 19th.

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8/21/2020: Frank J. Wood Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for August 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK/TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing a bridge inspection of the Frank J. Wood Bridge on September 1st and 2nd. This bridge carries Route 201 between Brunswick and Topsham. The Frank J. Wood Bridge is a fracture critical bridge. The Federal Highway Administration requires inspections of fracture critical bridges at least every two years. Because of the poor condition of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, MaineDOT engineers inspect it annually. Our inspection work will impact traffic. Drivers should expect impacts between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on both days. Southbound traffic moving from Topsham to Brunswick will be able to cross the bridge. Northbound traffic from Brunswick to Topsham will be detoured to the Topsham Bypass and Route 196. The Frank J. Wood Bridge is scheduled to be replaced. MaineDOT expects to put the project out to bid in the first half of 2021.

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8/14/2020: Route 1 Paving Work in Wiscasset and Woolwich

MaineDOT

News Release for August 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET AND WOOLWICH - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will be starting a paving project on Route 1 in Wiscasset and Woolwich. The project area begins a quarter-mile north of Montsweag in Woolwich and extends north for nearly four miles, ending just south of where Route 1 meets Route 27 in Wiscasset. In addition to paving work, this project will include drainage and safety improvements. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Sunday nights to Friday mornings. The contractor can perform day work if a two-way traffic pattern is maintained. The contractor on his project is All States Asphalt out of Richmond. The contract amount is $2,493,607. MaineDOT's estimated completion date for this project is October 20th.

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8/14/2020: Wilson Street Bridge Replacement Project Beginning in Brewer

MaineDOT

News Release for August 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BREWER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be beginning construction on the new Wilson Street Bridge in Brewer next week. Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 18th. The estimated completion date for this project is November 1st, 2021. The Wilson Street Bridge carries Route 1A over I-395. The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. out of Richmond. The contract amount is $10,744,239.

The Wilson Street Bridge replacement project is the first phase of MaineDOT's I-395/Route 9 Connector project. This project will complete the "missing link" between I-395 and Route 9. The new road will improve connectivity, mobility, and safety in the region. This project will provide economic benefits to both the Bangor area and the entire State of Maine. The estimated cost of the entire I-395/Route 9 Connector project is $104 million.

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8/14/2020: Traffic Sensor Work in Newport

MaineDOT

News Release for August 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NEWPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing traffic count sensors on Route 7/11 in Newport next week. The work area is just south of the Corinna line. We will be closing the southbound lane on Tuesday, August 18th and closing the northbound lane on Wednesday, August 19th. Each day, work should start at 8:00 a.m. and will likely be finished by 4:00 p.m. Like all outdoor construction work, this work is weather-dependent. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year.

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8/7/2020: Culvert Replacement in Dixfield

MaineDOT

News Release for August 7, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DIXFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a box culvert under Durrells Mills Bridge, which carries Norton Road over Newton Brook in Dixfield. The project area is just west of the intersection of Norton Road and Main Street (Route 2). Work is scheduled to begin on August 10th. Between August 19th and September 5th, temporary traffic signals will control an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern on a temporary detour roadway. Oversized loads and tractor-trailers will not be allowed. We expect this culvert replacement project will be fully completed in October. The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons out of Mechanic Falls. The contract amount is $767,646.

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8/7/2020: Signal Upgrades in Holden

MaineDOT

News Release for August 7, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HOLDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be upgrading traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 1 and 46 in Holden. This upgrade will help improve traffic flow and safety. Work is scheduled to begin on August 10th and be finished by August 31st. These upgrades will include the installation of a new advanced vehicle detection system and short-range communications technology. Drivers should expect minor traffic delays. Uniformed police officers will control traffic when the signal is shut off. The contractor on this project is Dagle Electrical Construction of Wilmington, MA. The contract amount is $259,259.

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8/7/2020: Work Will Require Temporary Bridge Closure in Madawaska

MaineDOT

News Release for August 7, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing additional work on the existing International Bridge between Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick on Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th. This work will involve use of a drill rig to collect additional geotechnical and environmental data to support construction of the proposed International Bridge. This work will require closure of the existing bridge between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST on each day. The sidewalk will remain open.

MaineDOT understands the impacts to the neighboring communities and appreciates the public's patience as we continue our collaborative work with our counterparts in New Brunswick to design and build the new International Bridge.

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8/3/2020: Culvert Replacement and Road Closure in Lovell

MaineDOT

News Release for August 3, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LOVELL - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing a culvert in Lovell. This work requires the full closure of Harbor Road at Creek Brook Bridge. Harbor Road is closed from Union Hill Road to Shave Hill Road. Local traffic is allowed. Other traffic will follow a signed detour. This detour is expected to be in place until August 27th. The anticipated full completion date of the project is September 12th. The contractor on this project is Cross Excavation of Bethel. The contract amount is $742,560.

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7/31/2020: Searsport Culvert Replacement and Road Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for July 31, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SEARSPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Mt Ephraim Road in Searsport. The project area is just north of Route 1. Work is scheduled to begin on August 10th and be finished by September 4th. This culvert replacement will involve a full road closure that could last for 14 days. The detour route is 3.5 miles and will be marked by signage. The contractor on this project is Gardner Construction Enterprises out of Bangor. The contract amount is $254,000.

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7/30/2020: Interstate Paving in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK AND PENOBSCOT COUNTIES - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin interstate paving operations in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties. This work will span two years. Crews will be paving segments of the northbound side of I-95 (including some highway bridges and ramps) between Medway and Sherman. MaineDOT will also be paving and making other improvements to the Visitor Information Center in Medway and the Katahdin Scenic Overlook in T1 R6. MaineDOT will also be clearing the Sherman interchange to increase visibility to cut down on deer strikes. This year's work is scheduled to begin on August 3rd and continue to October 7th. Operations will be suspended for the winter and then resume on May 1st, 2021. The estimated project completion date is July 7th, 2021. Drivers should expect overnight lane closures during paving operations. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Hampden. The contract amount is $9,127,167.

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7/30/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on I-295 in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing work on traffic count sensors on I-295 in Brunswick. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles using this highway throughout the year. This work involves lane closures on I-295 0.6 miles north of the overpass to Route 1. Lane closures are happening on weekday nights between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. We expect this work will be finished by the end of next week.

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7/27/2020: More Overnight Ramp Closures on Route 1 in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for July 27, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation has scheduled more overnight paving work on ramps along Route 1 in Bath for later this week. Between 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30th and 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31st, crews will be paving the northbound off-ramp at Congress Avenue, the northbound off-ramp at High Street, and the northbound on-ramp from State Road. The High Street ramp will remain open until the Congress Avenue off-ramp reopens. The ramps need to be closed during paving operations due to the size of the equipment and the safety of the traveling public and workers. Closing the ramps during operations will allow the work to be done more quickly. Detour routes will be marked with signs and digital message boards. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent.

This ramp work is part of a larger paving project on Route 1 that stretches more than five miles from the Cook's Corner Interchange in Brunswick to the Bath Viaduct and Sagadahoc Bridge. Northeast Paving is the contractor on this project. The current contract amount is $17,062,959.

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7/27/2020: Route 25 Work in Gorham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 27, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GORHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a box culvert over Brandy Brook and making other improvements on Route 25 in Gorham. The project area begins 0.4 mile north of State Street and extends southeasterly for 0.3 miles. In addition to replacing the box culvert, we will also be installing new guardrail and doing paving work. Work is scheduled to begin on July 28th. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. The project will be suspended for the winter in late November. Paving work will be completed in the spring. Our anticipated total project completion date is April 28th, 2021. The contractor on this project is R.J. Grondin & Sons out of Gorham. The project cost is $1,204,978.

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7/24/2020: Knox County Paving Projects

MaineDOT

News Release for July 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KNOX COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work along Routes 73 and 131 in Knox County. Work is scheduled to begin on July 30th and be finished by September 25th. Paving work on Route 73 beings at the Rockland town line and extends more than two miles south through Owls Head and into South Thomaston. The Route 131 project area begins at Port Clyde Road in Saint George and extends north for nearly ten miles through South Thomaston, ending at Route 1 in Thomaston. Work will occur during daytime hours. Drivers should expect short, single-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic. The contractor on this project is Hagar Enterprises of Damariscotta. The total project cost is $1,982,000.

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7/24/2020: Interstate Striping

MaineDOT

News Release for July 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND, SAGADAHOC, KENNEBEC, AND PENOBSCOT COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting interstate road striping operations between July 29th and September 1st. This work will be done between the hours of 6:00 p.m .and 6:00 a.m. and will require rolling lane closures. This work will involve nearly 69 miles on I-295 (from Yarmouth to Gardiner), nearly 38 miles on I-95 (from Gardiner to Waterville), and nearly ten miles on I-395 (from Bangor to Brewer). The contractor on this project is L & D Safety Marking Corporation of Farmingdale. The contract amount is $1,514,105.

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7/24/2020: Overnight Ramp Closures on Route 1 in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for July 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing overnight paving work on ramps along Route 1 in Bath early next week. Between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26th and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27th, crews will be paving the northbound off-ramp at Congress Avenue and the northbound on-ramp from State Road. The ramps need to be closed to conduct the paving operations due to the size of equipment and safety of the traveling public and workers. Closing the ramps during operations will allow the work to be conducted more efficiently, thus reducing the time frame of closure and disruption to traffic. Detour routes will be marked with signs and digital message boards. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent.

This ramp work is part of a larger paving project on Route 1 that stretches more than five miles from the Cook's Corner Interchange in Brunswick to the Bath Viaduct and Sagadahoc Bridge. Northeast Paving is the contractor on this project. The current contract amount is $17,062,959.

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7/21/2020: Bridge Replacement in Windham Will Require River Road Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for July 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WINDHAM - Beginning on Monday, July 27th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be closing part of River Road in Windham for ten days to accommodate bridge replacement work. We are replacing Doles Bridge, which carries River Road over Colley Wright Brook. The project area is one-third of a mile west of Alweber Road. Traffic from Windham to Westbrook will be detoured to Routes 25, 237, and 202. The detour length is approximately nine miles. The contractor, Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham, will be placing detour signs this week. We plan to reopen this part of River Street by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 5th.

This bridge replacement is part of a larger project that involves full reconstruction of more than three miles of River Road in Windham. The total project cost is $9.7 million. Once this project is finished, MaineDOT will have rebuilt nearly the entire stretch of River Road. Our estimated project completion date is June 19th, 2021.

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7/20/2020: Overnight Ramp Closures on Route 1 in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for July 20, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be paving ramps along Route 1 in Bath during overnight hours this week. Between 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21st and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22nd, we will be paving the Route 1 northbound off-ramps at High Street and Congress Avenue. Between 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22nd and 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23rd, we will be paving the Route 1 southbound off-ramp at Congress Avenue and the northbound State Road on-ramp. Like all outside construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent. We need to close these ramps during paving operations because of the size of the equipment and the safety of the traveling public and workers. Closing the ramps allows us to do this work more effectively in order to minimize ramp closures. Detour routes will be marked with signs and message boards.

This ramp work is part of a larger paving project on Route 1 that stretches more than five miles from the Cook's Corner Interchange in Brunswick to the Bath Viaduct and Sagadahoc Bridge. Northeast Paving is the contractor on this project. The current contract amount is $17,062,959.

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7/16/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on I-95 in Sidney

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SIDNEY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on traffic sensors on I-95 in Sidney from Monday, July 20th through Tuesday, July 28th. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles using this part of the interstate throughout the year. The project area is 0.7 mile north of the Lyons Road Overpass in Sidney. This work will require some interstate lane closures. Those closures will happen on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. No work will happen on Friday, July 24th or during the weekend. Please pay attention and be careful as you're driving through our work zones.

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7/14/2020: Ohio Street Bridge Work Will Require Interstate Lane Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for July 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BANGOR - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation and its contracting partners will be installing beams for the new Ohio Street Bridge in Bangor. The bridge carries Ohio Street over I-95. For the safety of the traveling public, we will be fully closing the appropriate sides of the interstate during this overnight work. These closures are scheduled to occur based on the following schedule:

Northbound lane closures 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20th. 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20th to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21st

Southbound lane closures 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21st to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22nd 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22nd to 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23rd

Detours will be marked. Detour maps are available on the project website: https://www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/bangor/ohiost/.

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7/13/2020: Culvert Replacement Work in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123) in Brunswick. The project area is about a half-mile south of Dyer Corner (Middle Bay Road and Merriconeag Road). Work is scheduled to begin on July 14th and be finished on July 15th. A detour will be in place on Route 24. Detoured traffic will use Mountain Road in Harpswell.

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7/13/2020: Route 202 Culvert Replacement in York County

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YORK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working to replace a culvert and make road improvements on Route 202 at the Alfred/Sanford line. The current culvert is structurally deficient, and the road is deteriorating due to the culvert failing. This project will begin on July 15th and is scheduled to be finished by August 29th. We will be installing the new culvert in two phases in order to maintain two lanes of traffic. The contractor on this project is R.J. Grondin & Sons of Gorham. The contract amount is $392,000.

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7/13/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 1A in Frankfort

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKFORT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on traffic count sensors in Frankfort throughout the day tomorrow. The sensors are on both sides of Route 1A north of the intersection with County Road. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles that use this road throughout the year. Work will begin at 9:00 a.m. We will start on the northbound side, which will involve closing the northbound lane. Work will then progress to the southbound side, which will involve closing the southbound lane. Drivers should expect an alternating single lane of traffic. We expect this work will take no more than five hours. This work is weather-dependent; the rain date is July 15th.

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7/13/2020: UPDATE: I-95 Traffic Pattern Changes for Hampden Bridge Bundle Project

MaineDOT

News Release for July 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


UPDATE: This traffic shift will now take place on the night of Friday, July 24th.

HAMPDEN - Beginning on July 22nd, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting northbound traffic on I-95 in Hampden to a temporary diversion roadway at the East Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. This is the first of four temporary diversion roadways we are using in the median of I-95 to accommodate interstate bridge work. The interstate speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH through the diversion for the duration of its use. We encourage drivers to drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved in this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

Northbound traffic on I-95 will be shifted to the remaining three diversion roadways throughout the rest of this year. MaineDOT will issue additional advisories once we know the details about the timing of those traffic shifts. We plan to divert southbound traffic to these temporary roadways in 2021.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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7/8/2020: Route 111 Paving Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YORK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work along Route 111 in York County. The project area starts at the intersection of Route 4 in Alfred and extends east for approximately ten miles, through Lyman and Arundel, ending near Biddeford Crossing. In addition to paving work, this project involves safety and drainage improvements. Drivers may encounter a one-way, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Shaw Brothers Construction in Gorham. The contract amount is $4,164,459. The anticipated completion date is September 15th.

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7/7/2020: Paving Work in Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for July 7, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GARDINER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making safety improvements along part of Winter Street in Gardiner. The project area begins at the intersection of Winter and Summer Streets and extends south across the bridge to the intersection of Winter Street and Route 9. Traffic may be reduced to one lane during this work. This project is scheduled to begin on July 10th and be finished by September 4th. The contractor is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The contract amount is $19,700.

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7/2/2020: Paving Work on Route 202 in Winthrop

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WINTHROP - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing paving work and making safety improvements on Route 202 in Winthrop. The project area begins south of Annabessacook Road and extends north for nearly a mile and a half. Work is expected to begin on July 6th and end on September 4th. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern during this work. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The project cost is $522,896.

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7/2/2020: Route 1 Paving Work in Brunswick and Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND AND SAGADAHOC COUNTIES - Next week, the Maine Department Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 1 in Brunswick and Bath. This is part of an ongoing project that begins at the Cook's Corner interchange and extends east more than five miles to the Bath Viaduct. This project also involves the Sagadahoc Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Kennebec River between Bath and Woolwich. Next weeks work will involve overnight ramp closures (from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). These closures help with safety and allow the work to be done more quickly. Detour routes will be marked. Like all our work, the timeline of this project is weather-dependent. Right now, we plan to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving. The total contract amount is $17,062,959.

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7/2/2020: Route 11 Paving Work in Limerick

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LIMERICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making drainage improvements on Route 11 (Washington Street) in Limerick. The project area begins at the intersection of Route and Route 5 and extends approximately one mile to the intersection of Route 11 and Prospect Street. Work is expected to begin on July 6th and end on August 14th. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern if lane closures are necessary. The contractor on this project is Glidden Excavating & Paving, Inc. out of Gorham, and the contract amount is $221,000.

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7/2/2020: Grand Isle Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GRAND ISLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert under the Soucy Bridge in Grand Isle. This bridge carries Route 1 over Thibodeau Brook in Grand Isle a little more than one mile south of the Madawaska town line. We will be replacing an old culvert with a new, precast concrete box culvert. Work is scheduled to begin on July 7th and end by August 13th. Drivers should expect a single lane traffic pattern, controlled by signals. The contractor on this project is Gordon Contracting out of Sangerville. The contract amount is $1,310,802.

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7/2/2020: Danforth Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DANFORTH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing culverts under the Crooked Brook Bridge in Danforth. This bridge carries Route 1 over Crooked Brook. This bridge is located just north of the Brookton Township/Danforth line. Crews will be replacing culverts with a precast concrete box in order to bring the water crossing up to current standards. Work is scheduled to begin on July 6tha and end on August 19th. Crews will close one lane of traffic and use traffic lights to control a single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is LIMC out of Kennebunk. The contract amount is $359,484.

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7/2/2020: Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory Opening Tomorrow

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PROSPECT - The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory, the tallest public bridge observatory in the world, will open for the season tomorrow. The observatory will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The final elevator ride to the top departs at 5:30 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will be required to wear masks. No more than two household groups (totaling no more than eight people) will be permitted on the observatory level at a time in order to facilitate social distancing.

We're happy to be able to open this attraction to the public in a manner that works to preserve public health and safety.

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6/29/2020: Paving Work on Route 201 in Farmingdale

MaineDOT

News Release for June 29, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FARMINGDALE - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making safety improvements on Route 201 in Farmingdale. The project area begins near the Gardiner town line and extends north for approximately 1.5 miles. Traffic may be reduced to one lane between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. We expect to finish this project by September 4th. The contractor on this work is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The contract amount is $466,146.

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6/26/2020: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 27 in Boothbay Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 26, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BOOTHBAY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing work on the count sensors on Route 27 (Wiscasset Road) in Boothbay on Wednesday, July 1st. The sensors are near the intersection of Route 27 and River Road. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles that use this highway throughout the year. Work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and should be done by the early afternoon. This project will involve lane closures on Route 27. Work will begin on the northbound side and end on the southbound side.

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6/26/2020: Route 9 Work in Gardiner and West Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for June 26, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making improvements on Route 9 in Gardiner and West Gardiner. The project area begins near I-295 in West Gardiner and extends east for approximately three miles, ending near Robinson Street in Gardiner. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The contract amount is $876,314. We expect this work to be finished by September 4th.

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6/26/2020: Bridge Work in Caribou

MaineDOT

News Release for June 26, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CARIBOU - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making improvements to the Otter Brook Bridge in Caribou. The bridge carries Route 1 (Van Buren Road) over Otter Brook. Crews will be replacing an old metal culvert with a new precast concrete box. Work will begin on June 29th and should be finished by September 7th. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Soderberg Construction out of Caribou. The contract price is $692,797.

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6/17/2020: "Maine Ahead" Overnight Bridge Striping

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Road crews will be striping lanes on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge tomorrow night into Friday morning. Work on the southbound side will begin around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Crews will move to the northbound side several hours later. Striping will be finished before sunrise on Friday. This work will require multiple lane closures and traffic pattern changes. The northbound striping work will involve the temporary closure of the Exit 7 on-ramp in Portsmouth. Traffic will be detoured to the Route 1 Bypass. Signs for this detour are already posted as a truck detour.

Even though traffic volumes on the bridge remain down about 35 percent, we still ask that drivers pay attention and drive carefully in construction work zones. Lanes are narrower, and our crews are working close to traffic. We continue to appreciate the patience and understanding of the members of the traveling public as we work on these important safety improvements. For the latest information, visit buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves safety improvements and the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for potential breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

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6/17/2020: Roadside Vegetation Management

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


STATEWIDE - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing routine efforts to control brush along selected state roads using herbicides. These efforts will continue through the end of June. This process is part of MaineDOT's ongoing integrated approach, which also includes mowing and hand removal to control roadside trees.

Roadside trees are much easier to control when they are small. Trees allowed to grow close to roads prevent proper water drainage and may obscure drivers' views of large animals such as moose and deer. Controlling roadside vegetation is a key safety and road maintenance activity requiring yearly effort. In various locations, MaineDOT may also control unwanted vegetation around guardrails. Reducing vegetation near guardrails increases safety because it protects our workers from tripping hazards and ticks. Guardrails free of vegetation also function properly and are easier to maintain.

All herbicide treatments for brush, weeds, or invasive plants are selected to minimize impact to surrounding vegetation. MaineDOT is committed to reducing herbicide use with an integrated approach to control vegetation and to using low-risk products at the lowest application rates to protect workers and the environment. Starting in 2004, the department began every-other-year herbicide application to help further reduce use. Municipalities and private citizens living adjacent to state roads may contact the department to enter into a Cooperative Vegetation Management agreement if they are concerned about herbicide use. Agreements outline the municipal or landowner responsibilities for maintaining roadside vegetation. When roadsides are properly maintained under these agreements, there is no need to use herbicides.

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6/15/2020: Route 202 Paving in Manchester

MaineDOT

News Release for June 15, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MANCHESTER - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making safety improvements along part of Route 202 in Manchester. The work area begins just east of the Winthrop town line and extends east for a little more than one mile.

During the morning commute (6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.), there will be two open lanes of eastbound traffic and one open lane of westbound traffic. During the evening commute (3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), there will be two open lanes of westbound traffic and one open lane of eastbound traffic. Lane closures will not exceed 2,500 feet.

The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $1,026,575. Our anticipated completion date for this project is August 28th.

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6/15/2020: Paving Work in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for June 15, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT AND PISCATAQUIS COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work along parts of Route 7 in Dexter, Garland, and Dover-Foxcroft and along Route 222 from Stetson to Levant. One work area on Route 7 begins in Dexter, north of the intersection with Route 23, and extends north for nearly six miles, through Garland, ending in Dover-Foxcroft. Another work area is south of the intersection with Grove Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Work on Route 222 begins east of Cross Road in Stetson and extends six miles into Levant.

Drivers should expect single-lane traffic patterns during this work. Our anticipated completion date is August 15th. The contractor is Pike Industries. The project cost is $2,479,538.

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6/8/2020: Route 9 Work in West Gardiner and Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for June 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing pavement work and making safety improvements on the eastbound side of Route 9 in West Gardiner and Gardiner. The project area begins just east of Service Plaza Drive in West Gardiner and extends east for a little more than three miles. Traffic will be reduced to one lane between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. We expect this work to be finished by the end of August. The contractor on this work is Pike Industries.

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6/8/2020: Saint John River Embankment Stabilization Work

MaineDOT

News Release for June 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to stabilize and protect two areas of heavily eroded embankment along the Saint John River near Route 161 in Allagash and Saint Francis. This project will restore the structural integrity of the bank. Without this work, significant erosion on the already compromised slope will continue, which would eventually compromise the road. Work in Allagash will happen in 2020; the work area will begin just west of Carney Road and extend east for about one-fifth of a mile. We expect the Allagash work to finish by November 1st, 2020. Work in Saint Francis will begin in 2021; that project area will begin just west of Pelletier Mill Road and extend east for approximately one-fourth of a mile. We expect the St. Francis work to finish by November 1st, 2021.

Traffic will be restricted to one travel lane for the duration of the work. The westbound land will be closed off with concrete barricades. The work areas will have temporary traffic signals installed before lane closures happen to allow for an alternating, one-way traffic pattern.

The contractor on this project is Soderberg Construction Company of Caribou.

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6/8/2020: Route 23 Work Between Dexter and Sangerville

MaineDOT

News Release for June 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT AND PISCATAQUIS COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making safety improvements along Route 23 between Dexter and Sangerville. The work area starts approximately 1.25 miles north of Lake Wassookeag in Dexter and extends for approximately 4.75 miles, ending about one mile south of the Grant Road in Sangerville. Drivers should expect areas of alternating, one-lane traffic. Those areas will not exceed 4,000 feet, but there may be multiple closures happening at the same time. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total project cost is $3,056,404. We expect this project to be complete by September 21st.

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6/8/2020: Madawaska International Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for June 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting its annual inspection of the International Bridge in Madawaska next week. This inspection will involve daily traffic closures to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and the crews inspecting the bridge. Drivers should expect closures between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST from Monday, June 15th through Friday, June 19th. The sidewalk will remain open during the inspection. The bridge is due to be inspected in July, but we are doing the work in June to coincide with the current federal travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Accelerating this work by a month will minimize the impact on the traveling public.

The structure has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that need to be properly evaluated annually to allow for continued safe use. Bridge inspections are performed during daylight hours to ensure safety, thoroughness, and the quality of the inspection. The engineering firm performing the inspection, HNTB, is familiar with the structure and has performed a detailed analysis related to the loading of the structure. HNTB plans to use an Under Bridge Inspection Truck (UBIT). The UBIT will be placed in a manner to minimize stresses on the bridge.

MaineDOT understands the impacts to the neighboring communities and appreciates the public's patience as we work to keep this bridge safe until we replace it. The replacement project is scheduled to go out to bid later this year.

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5/29/2020: Bridge Work in Palmyra

MaineDOT

News Release for May 29, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PALMYRA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing work on the Thomas Jay Merry Memorial Bridge in Palmyra. The bridge carries Route 2 over the Sebasticook River. Work will begin on June 1st and is scheduled to be finished by June 26th. We will be repairing the bridge's wearing surface and joints as well as doing paving work. Flaggers will control a one-way, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this job is Scott Construction Corporation of Portland.

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5/29/2020: Route 1 Paving Work in Waldo County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 29, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WALDO COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is paving and making other safety improvements along Route 1 in Northport, Belfast, and Searsport. The work area begins at the Northport/Belfast town line and continues more than 8.5 miles through Belfast to the Searsport town line. This project includes paving work on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Passagassawakeag River. We will be performing night work (between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.) until July 18th. Flaggers will be controlling alternating, one-way traffic. Our anticipated completion date for this project is August 8th. The contractor is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract price for this project is $2.45 million.

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5/26/2020: Guardrail Work on I-295 in Portland on Thursday

MaineDOT

News Release for May 26, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repairing guardrails along I-295 in Portland on Thursday, May 28th. The work will be happening between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We will start on the northbound side, closing the left-hand lane between Exits 3 and 4. We will then move to the southbound side, closing the left-hand lane on the Exit 8 (Washington Avenue) ramp. Please drive carefully while passing our crews.

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5/22/2020: Road Work on Route 1 in Nobleboro

MaineDOT

News Release for May 22, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NOBLEBORO - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing traffic sensors on Route 1 in Nobleboro. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles using the highway throughout the year. This work will require lane closures on Route 1 northeast of Sidelinger Road. We expect to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27th. The project should take approximately ten hours to complete. This work is weather-dependent. In the event of rain, we will do this project on Thursday, May 28th.

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5/22/2020: Route 35 Paving in Kennebunk

MaineDOT

News Release for May 22, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBUNK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Fletcher Street (Route 35) in Kennebunk. This work includes the roundabout and parts of all four approaches. The project area begins at the intersection of Fletcher Street and Route 1 and extends approximately a half-mile through the roundabout. The work is scheduled to begin on May 26th and end on June 12th. If lane closures become necessary during this work, we will put an alternating, one-way traffic pattern in place. There will be no lane closures between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The contractor on this work is Glidden Excavating & Paving of Gorham. The dollar amount for this contract is $214,000.

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5/20/2020: "Maine Ahead" Summer Schedule Changes

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is planning to change the schedule of the ongoing safety work happening on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge.

Beginning Thursday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m., all three lanes of travel will be open on each side of the bridge. These six lanes will remain open through the holiday weekend. Lane restrictions will not happen again before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26th. Heading into the following weekend, all three northbound lanes will reopen at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th, and all three southbound lanes will reopen at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29th.

Lane restrictions may happen during the week, but all six travel lanes on the bridge will be open every weekend through June 16th. After June 16th, lane restrictions will only happen overnight for the rest of the summer.

Please be attentive and drive carefully near our construction areas. Lanes are narrower, and our crews are working close to traffic. We continue to appreciate the patience and understanding of the members of the traveling public as we work on these important safety improvements. For the latest information, visit buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves safety improvements and the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for potential breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

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5/12/2020: Sidewalk Improvements in Kingfield

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KINGFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation is making improvements to the sidewalks of Routes 27 and 142 in Kingfield. Our work area starts near the elementary school driveway and extends north a little bit more than a half-mile to High Street. We are making these improvements to increase pedestrian safety near the school. During construction, drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. We expect to finish this work by the end of August. The contractor for this project is Ranger Contracting of Winslow. The contract amount is $711,748.

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5/12/2020: Bridge Replacement in Houlton

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HOULTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing Pearce Brook Bridge in Houlton. The bridge carries Green Street over Pearce Brook between Court Street and Chandler Street. Construction is scheduled to begin on May 26th. Green Street will be closed to traffic from May 26th to November 13th. We expect this bridge replacement project to be finished in June 2021. The contractor on this work is Northeast Paving of Hampden.

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5/12/2020: Trafton Road Reconstruction in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be rebuilding Trafton Road in Waterville. Construction is scheduled to begin on May 18th and end in early July. We are rebuilding this road so it can better handle traffic from the new interstate exit. Our work involves other improvements like tree clearing to help increase visibility. The project area begins at the interstate exit ramps and continues east for 1.25 miles to the intersection of Route 104. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. The contractor on this project is McGee Construction of West Gardiner.

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5/12/2020: Work on Traffic Count Sensors on Route 1 in Wiscasset

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on traffic count sensors on Route 1 (Bath Road) in Wiscasset tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13th). These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately count the number of vehicles that use this highway throughout the year. Our work area will be on Route 1 southwest of Ward Brook. We plan to begin at 9:00 a.m., and we expect it will take our crews about five hours to complete work on both the northbound and southbound sides. This work will involve lane closures. Like all outdoor work, this work is weather-dependent. The rain date is Thursday, May 14th.

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5/11/2020: Safety Improvements on I-295 and the Falmouth Spur

MaineDOT

News Release for May 11, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing safety improvements on I-295 between Falmouth and Yarmouth as well as on the Falmouth Spur (I-495).

On I-295, we are installing seven emergency pull-off areas (four on the northbound side and three on the southbound side) between Exits 11 and 15 in Falmouth and Cumberland. These will be paved areas beyond the right shoulder of the road, intended for vehicles in emergency situations to pull over and be at a safe distance from moving traffic. We are also extending the acceleration lanes at the Exit 15 northbound on-ramp and the Exit 17 southbound on-ramp. This will allow vehicles to accelerate to the proper speed before merging with traffic. This work affects both the northbound and southbound lanes between mile markers 11 and 17. Traffic will be reduced to one lane daily. The contractor on the I-295 work is Pratt and Sons, Inc. of Minot. The contract amount is approximately $3.3 million. Our anticipated completion date for the I-295 project is July 3rd.

The work on the Falmouth Spur involves paving and guardrail improvements. The contractor on this project is Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham. That contract amount is approximately $1.1 million. We expect this project to be finished by May 22nd.

Both these projects will also involve the temporary closures of some of the ramps that connect I-295, the Falmouth Spur, and Route 1. Detours will be clearly marked. This work is all weather-dependent.

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5/11/2020: Bridge Work in Blue Hill

MaineDOT

News Release for May 11, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BLUE HILL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting geotechnical borings near the Falls Bridge in Blue Hill between Monday, May 18th and Friday, May 22nd. The Falls Bridge carries Route 175 (Falls Bridge Road). We will need to close the bridge to traffic in order to conduct the borings. Route 175 traffic will be detoured to Route 172. This detour will be in place between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This work is needed as part of the final design for the replacement of the Falls Bridge. The Department may have to conduct more geotechnical borings later this summer.

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5/8/2020: More Daytime Construction Work Planned on I-295 in Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for May 8, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is planning more daytime construction work on I-295 in Portland. We are doing this because traffic volumes have remained low during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late March, traffic volume on I-295 in Portland was down about 60 percent from what it normally is at that time of year. On April 20th, we started repairing bridge joints on the southbound side of the interstate between Tukey's Bridge and Fore River. This project has involved extended lane and ramp closures. The work is being done by both crews from MaineDOT's Maintenance and Operations Bureau as well as crews from CPM Constructors in Freeport. To date, this project has been a successful one. We are making important safety improvements to I-295 and doing so in the daytime, when conditions are safer and construction costs are lower.

We have worked with CPM to develop a plan to complete a portion of similar work on the northbound side of I-295. This plan will allow us to complete bridge joint modifications on Tukey's Bridge as well as on the bridges at Franklin Street, Preble Street, and Forest Avenue. We are planning to start this work on Monday, May 11th. We will allow CPM to maintain one lane of traffic on the northbound side of the interstate until Thursday, May 21st, just before the Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the contractor will maintain two lanes of through traffic. We expect to complete this bridge joint work by Friday, June 5th. Paving work will be completed at night after June 5th.

This opportunity to allow daytime work will improve worker safety, minimize impact on the traveling public, save taxpayer dollars, and potentially minimize the amount of night work we will have to do after traffic volumes increase.

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5/6/2020: Paving Work and Lane Restrictions on I-95 Bridge in Kittery

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Paving work on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge will require additional daytime lane closures this week.

Crews plan to pave parts of the northbound side of the bridge first. This will restrict northbound traffic to one lane between 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th. Southbound paving will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th and continue until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane during paving operations. The schedule for this work is weather-dependent because we need dry conditions in order to pave.

The Maine Department of Transportation is allowing more daytime construction work right now because we have seen traffic volumes drop significantly in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In late March, traffic on the Piscataqua River Bridge was down more than 60 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.

This bridge work is part of the "Maine Ahead" project, which also involves the Maine Turnpike Authority and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The improvements on the Piscataqua River Bridge and at the York Toll Plaza will revitalize Maine's southern gateway.

Drivers should obey work-zone speed limits and be alert and careful while passing our crews. Our primary focus is the safety of both our crews and the traveling public.

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5/4/2020: Traffic Restrictions in Bath on Wednesday

MaineDOT

News Release for May 4, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation's ongoing paving and safety improvements work on Route 1 from Brunswick to the Sagadahoc Bridge will involve new traffic restrictions in Bath on Wednesday, May 6th.

Drivers may encounter traffic stops at the State Street on-ramp to Route 1 northbound in Bath for up to five minutes while crews pave the on-ramp area. Local traffic may use city side roads. Once the paving operation has passed, the ramp will have a stop sign for traffic.

The High Street off-ramp from Route 1 northbound in Bath will be closed for approximately two hours at some point on Wednesday to accommodate paving operations. Traffic will be diverted into Bath via Leeman Highway to the traffic light at Washington Street. Traffic will make a left-hand turn onto Washington Street at the light, proceeding to Centre Street. At the traffic light at Centre Street, traffic will make a left and proceed to High Street, where the detour will end. We will have the detour route clearly marked and message boards in place.

The work creating these specific traffic impacts should be finished on Wednesday. We expect to complete all the paving and safety improvements work on this project by the end of August.

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5/1/2020: I-95 Paving Work in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 1, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing pavement preservation work along a nearly-27-mile-long stretch of the northbound side of I-95 in Penobscot County. This project is scheduled to start on May 4th. The work area will begin at the Alton/Argyle Township line and extend north through Edinburg, Howland, and Mattamiscontis Township. The project area ends in T2 R8 two miles north of the Mattamiscontis Township/T2 R8 line. Drivers should expect lane closures. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Hermon. Our anticipated completion date is October 30th.

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5/1/2020: Paving Work on Route 196 in Topsham, Lisbon, and Lewiston

MaineDOT

News Release for May 1, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ANDROSCOGGIN AND SAGADAHOC COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing pavement preservation work and making safety improvements on Route 196 in Topsham, Lisbon, and Lewiston. Work is scheduled to begin on May 5th. The total project area stretches about 12.5 miles. It begins east of Birch Ridge Avenue in Topsham and ends near Drew Street in Lewiston. We will be doing paving work in addition to making drainage and sidewalk improvements. Drivers should expect daytime lane closures, but we will be maintaining two-way traffic between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The contractor on this work is All States Asphalt of Richmond. We expect the project will be completed by September 7th.

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4/28/2020: Route 1 Bridge Work in Freeport

MaineDOT

News Release for April 28, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FREEPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing geotechnical borings at the Railroad Crossing Bridge in Freeport on Wednesday, April 29th and Thursday, April 30th. The Railroad Crossing Bridge carries Route 1 over Maine Central Railroad. Our work area will be just south of Summer Street and the Freeport Fire Station and just north of L.L. Bean's factory. This work will require us to close the northbound side of Route 1 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. Drivers should expect an alternating, one-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers or police officers. Geotechnical explorations will assist the department in its review of preliminary design options for the 84-year-old bridge.

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4/23/2020: Route 139 Paving Work in Fairfield and Norridgewock

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOMERSET COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the paving surface of nearly six miles of Route 139 in Fairfield and Norridgewock. The work area begins two miles north of Route 104 in Fairfield and extends north to Route 2. The work is scheduled to begin on May 5th and be finished by July 5th. Drivers should expect a single-lane alternating traffic pattern throughout the project work zone. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond.

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4/23/2020: Route 1 Paving Work Between Caribou and Presque Isle

MaineDOT

News Release for April 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AROOSTOOK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing paving work along a ten-mile stretch of Route 1 between Caribou and Presque Isle. This a multi-staged project that began on June 24th, 2019. We have about 2.5 miles of pavement removal left to do on the northern end of the project area (towards Caribou). We will be paving the entire surface of the project this year. For the most part, we expect to be able to keep all lanes of traffic open during this work, but traffic will be reduced to an alternating, one-lane pattern on some narrow bridges. The contractor on this project is Eurovia. We expect this project will be finished by August 1st.

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4/21/2020: Traffic Signal Work in Benton

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BENTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is upgrading the traffic signal at the intersection of Bridge Street, River Road, Benton Avenue, and Neck Road in Benton. The new signal will be more visible to motorists and include new technology. We expect there to be minimal traffic impacts during this work. The contractor on the project is Hedstrom Electric of Camden. The work should be finished by the end of May.

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4/21/2020: Signal Work Between Boothbay Harbor and Ellsworth

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HANCOCK. KNOX, LINCOLN, AND WALDO COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing 355 traffic signal heads at 42 intersections between Boothbay Harbor and Ellsworth. The upgraded signals will provide higher visibility to improve driver safety. The affected intersections are in Boothbay Harbor, Bucksport, Damariscotta, Ellsworth, Prospect, Rockland, Rockport, Thomaston, Waldoboro, and Warren. We expect there will be minimal impacts to traffic while this work is being done. The contractor on this project is Dagle Electrical Construction Corporation of Plaistow, New Hampshire. We expect this project will be finished by the end of June.

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4/21/2020: Bridge Replacement Work in Athens

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ATHENS - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Gilman Bridge in Athens. This bridge carries Route 150 (Harmony Road) over the Wesserunsett Stream. The work area on Route 150 begins at Stickney Road and extends to Gilman Road. During construction, drivers will encounter a bypass road and temporary bridge. Alternating one-way traffic will be controlled by a signal at Gilman Road. The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. out of Richmond. Our estimated completion date for this bridge replacement work is July 30th, 2021.

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4/15/2020: Route 1 Bridge Work in Pembroke

MaineDOT

News Release for April 15, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PEMBROKE - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge deck of the Pennamaquan Bridge in Pembroke. The bridge carries Route 1 over the Pennamaquan River. Beginning the week of April 20th, drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern with temporary traffic lights. CPM Constructors of Freeport is the contractor on this project. Our estimated completion date for this project is November 13th.

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4/15/2020: I-295 Bridge Work and Daytime Lane Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for April 15, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repairing bridge joints on the southbound side of I-295 in Portland. The work will begin on Monday, April 20th and will involve extended lane and ramp closures on the interstate. We plan to finish this work by Thursday, May 21st. The project area begins at Tukey's Bridge and extends south to Fore River. This work will be done by crews from MaineDOT's Maintenance and Operations Bureau and CPM Constructors in Freeport.

This bridge work is needed to maintain safety and mobility on one of the most-traveled corridors in Maine. We had originally planned to restrict this work to overnight hours to minimize traffic impacts. In recent weeks, we have seen a 60-percent drop in traffic volume on I-295 in Portland, so we are allowing crews to work during daytime hours as well. This may allow us to complete this work faster and more cost-effectively. This change also improves safety for our workers because it allows us to use concrete barriers for lane closures instead of only barrels.

This work represents the first of a three-year effort to repair and pave I-295 through Portland. Under the current plan, we will pave the southbound lanes and repair the northbound bridge joints in 2021. The final stage will be to pave the northbound lanes in 2022.

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4/13/2020: Hampden Bridge Replacement Starting Early

MaineDOT

News Release for April 13, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Grist Mill Bridge in Hampden. This bridge carries Routes 1A and 9 over Souadabscook Stream. The bridge is approximately one-fifth of a mile northeast of Elm Street. We are demolishing the old structure, which consists of three bridges built on top of one another. The most recent bridge dates to approximately 1950. We closed the bridge to traffic today and are encouraging drivers to avoid the area using Route 202 and I-395. Local traffic on Route 1A will encounter a short detour. This bridge replacement is part of a project that includes reconstruction and paving work on a nearly-two-mile-long stretch of Route 1A. The total cost for the project is approximately $8.9 million. The contractor on this project is T. Buck Construction out of Turner.

We started this bridge demolition work earlier than expected. We had planned to wait for the school year to end in order to minimize traffic impacts. Since COVID-19 has closed schools and dramatically reduced vehicle traffic on Maine roads, we are starting this work now. We hope this will accelerate the timeline of this project, which was originally scheduled to be finished next year.

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4/9/2020: Final Phase of Downtown Wiscasset Work Beginning

MaineDOT

News Release for April 9, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning the final phase of construction in downtown Wiscasset. This phase will focus on the south end of Water Street and the development of the new parking lot. Pike Industries will begin mobilizing equipment and materials during the week of April 13th. The contractor will also be putting up signs and message boards. Pike will begin making drainage and roadway improvements starting the week of April 20th. Work will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The project completion date is July 11th.

We would like to express our gratitude to the people who live in, work in, and pass through Wiscasset for their patience and understanding as we work to make these important safety and mobility improvements. Thank you.

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4/6/2020: Gardiner Bridge Work Will Stop Temporarily

MaineDOT

News Release for April 6, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GARDINER - The Maine Department of Transportation's Maine Avenue Bridge replacement project in Gardiner will be largely on hold after this week. Our contracting partners at Reed & Reed, Inc. are stopping work on Friday, April 10th because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contractor notified MaineDOT that this work stoppage will last at least two weeks. MaineDOT employees are still working during this period. We continue to follow Maine CDC guidance to make sure all of our workers and industry partners can work safely. There will be some utility work happening on the bridge in the coming weeks, but most of the work on this project will stop until Reed & Reed resumes operations. We thank the members of the traveling public for their patience and understanding.

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4/3/2020: Route 1 Paving Work from Brunswick to the Sagadahoc Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for April 3, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND AND SAGADAHOC COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on the Sagadahoc Bridge and on a five-mile-long stretch of U.S. Route 1 in Brunswick, West Bath, and Bath. The road work will begin at the Cooks Corner interchange in Brunswick and extend east to the Bath Viaduct, including the ramps at New Meadows Road and Congress Avenue. The Sagadahoc Bridge crosses the Kennebec River on the Bath/Woolwich town line. This work will provide a smoother riding surface, drainage improvements, and safety upgrades.

Work is scheduled to begin on April 5th. Drivers should expect a single-lane traffic pattern between April 5th and May 22nd. MaineDOT will allow the contractor to work 24 hours a day, six days a week. Ramps may be closed Sunday night through Friday morning between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with 72 hours of notice posted on highway message boards. Two ramps will never be closed simultaneously.

The state is experiencing a significant decrease in traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this low traffic volume, we expect there will be minimal traffic impacts during this paving work. We will continue to monitor traffic data and may revert to original contract language regarding traffic management if vehicle numbers increase.

The contractor for this paving work is Northeast Asphalt. We expect this project will be completed by the end of August.

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4/3/2020: Orono Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for April 3, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ORONO - The Maine Department of Transportation is repairing the Kelley Road Bridge in Orono. The bridge spans I-95. We will be replacing the bridge deck and bearings as well as repairing the bridge piers. Preliminary work began this week. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures on the interstate between now and May 11th. We expect the bridge will be closed from mid-May to late August with a final project completion date in October. The contractor for this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport.

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3/30/2020: New Wiscasset Traffic Signals Going Live on March 31st

MaineDOT

News Release for March 30, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The two new traffic signals in downtown Wiscasset will be going live on Tuesday, March 31st. These signals are at the intersection of Main Street (Route 1) and Middle Street as well as at the intersection of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street. The Maine Department of Transportation tested these signals in both October and February. Once they go live at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, they will remain active year-round. These signals feature smart technology that allows them to adapt with the flow of traffic and communicate with MaineDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Augusta. This signal work represents one of the final phases of our downtown Wiscasset work. We anticipate the contractor will start back up in mid-April. Remaining work involves paving the southern end of Water Street from Main Street (Route 1) to the new parking lot. There is also some overall project cleanup to do. The entire downtown Wiscasset project should be finished in mid-June.

Drivers and pedestrians should remain alert as they pass through downtown Wiscasset and get used to the new flow of traffic, available parking, and highway signage. The two new signals, along with the light at Route 27, are set up to remain green for Main Street (Route 1) traffic unless someone pushes the pedestrian crossing button or side street traffic on Water Street, Middle Street, or Route 27 triggers the signal sensors. Pedestrians need to use crosswalks and wait for pedestrian signals to safely cross the streets.

MaineDOT continues to appreciate the public's patience and understanding as we near the end of this important work. Thank you.

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3/25/2020: Reduced Ferry Service Schedule in Response to COVID-19

MaineDOT

News Release for March 25, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ROCKLAND - The Maine State Ferry Service will be reducing its schedule due to a significant decrease in ridership and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. This reduction in service will take effect on Saturday, March 28th and remain in effect until further notice. Like many other ferry services across the country, we have experienced a recent decrease in ridership as a result of the current health climate. These reduced ridership levels will still allow passengers to practice social distancing even with fewer trips between the mainland the six islands served by the Ferry Service. Our staffing levels remain largely unchanged. With a reduced schedule, our crews will be able to devote more time to sanitizing and maintaining our vessels. This reduction in service also helps limit the exposure of our employees and passengers. You can view the updated schedule posted on the MSFS website: https://www.maine.gov/mdot/ferry/.

Earlier this month, we posted our Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) on the Ferry Service website along with a message about our efforts to keep our vessels clean and our passengers safe. Following that post, we announced that Ferry Service staffers would switch to visually inspecting tickets to further limit personal interactions and the spread of COVID-19. We continue to encourage passengers to stay in their vehicles while riding our ferries. Passengers who choose to exit their vehicles should practice social distancing. The latest information about Maine State Ferry Service schedule and policies is always available on the MSFS website.

We want to thank our dedicated employees for their continued hard work and attention to safety during these challenging times. We also want to thank our valued customers for helping us to promote health and safety while continuing to serve the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swan's Island, Frenchboro, and Matinicus.

We continue to welcome feedback. Anyone with questions or concerns, should feel free to contact Maine State Ferry Service Director Mark Higgins at 207-596-5422 or mark.a.higgins@maine.gov, MaineDOT Director of Maintenance and Operations Dave Bernhardt at 207-624-3567 or david.bernhardt@maine.gov, and MaineDOT Chief Operating Officer Bill Pulver at 207-624-3002 or william.pulver@maine.gov.

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3/25/2020: UPDATE: Ohio Street Bridge Work Will Require Interstate Lane Closures

MaineDOT

News Release for March 25, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MARCH 25TH UPDATE:

This week's snow delayed some of this work. In addition to the below closures, the contractor also plans to close both northbound lanes of the interstate from 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26th until 5:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27th.

ORIGINAL MARCH 19TH PRESS RELEASE:

BANGOR - MaineDOT's ongoing Ohio Street Bridge demolition work will require several overnight lane closures on I-95 next week. These lane closures are necessary for the safety of the traveling public while our crews remove the bridge beams. The schedule is as follows:

Northbound lane closures:

11:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22nd to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd

11:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24th

Southbound lane closures:

11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th

11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th to 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26th

As is the case with all of our construction work, this schedule is weather-dependent. More information and interstate detour maps are available on the project website: www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/bangor/ohiost

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3/23/2020: A Message from the Commissioner about COVID-19

MaineDOT

News Release for March 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note released the following statement today:

At MaineDOT, our top priority is always safety. Not only does that mean the safety of our workers, but it also means the safety of our production partners and the traveling public. The current challenge does not change that. Road crews still need to plow snow, help first responders during traffic incidents, cut brush, and fill potholes as the weather warms. Capital projects still need to be designed, put out to bid, and constructed.

The dedicated men and women of MaineDOT are still working - most are doing so remotely or have jobs they can do outdoors. In all cases, we are following the advice of medical professionals when it comes to social distancing and other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. We have updated our Continuity of Operations Plan, made some changes to the way we receive and open construction bids, and temporarily limited some public access to our facilities. For more information about this, please visit www.mainedot.gov.

These are challenging times, but overcoming challenges is what we do. You can count on MaineDOT to continue working to responsibly provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Maine.

Respectfully,

Bruce

NOTE: While some states have ordered the shutdown of non-essential services, most, if not all, have exempted the maintenance, operation, and construction of projects related to transportation infrastructure.

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3/23/2020: Route 25 Work Resumes in Gorham and Westbrook

MaineDOT

News Release for March 23, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is resuming work on Route 25 in Gorham and Westbrook. The project area begins where Route 25 intersects with Cressey Road in Gorham and extends east for approximately five miles, ending at the southeasternmost intersection of Route 25 and Conant Street in Westbrook. The remaining work on this project involves paving between Cressey Road and Meadowbrook Drive in Gorham. We will be doing signal work at the intersections of School Street, Elm Street, New Portland Road, and Libby Avenue. This project also involves sidewalk, parking, drainage, and safety work. Two-way traffic will be maintained during daytime hours. There will be one-way, alternating traffic during some night work. All paving work will be done at night. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is the contractor on this project. The current anticipated completion date is September 1st, 2020.

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3/6/2020: Madawaska Bridge Project Open House

MaineDOT

News Release for March 6, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be holding an informational public open house on Thursday, March 12th regarding the Madawaksa-Edmundston International Bridge replacement project. The open house will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST in the Madawaksa Middle/High School cafeteria at 135 Seventh Ave. in Madawaska. In the event of inclement weather, the open house will be pushed to the following Thursday, March 19th. This open house will provide information on the International Bridge replacement project and give the public an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the project design and environmental teams. There will be no formal presentation, and replacement of the U.S. Land Port of Entry will not be covered during the open house.

The Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge is a critical connection between the communities of Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick. The current bridge is nearly 100 years old and needs to be replaced. We continue to work with our partners at the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI) on the design, funding, and outreach surrounding this project.

We welcome public input. Anyone with questions or comments should visit MaineDOT's project website site: www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/madawaska/internationalbrg/.

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2/24/2020: Bridge Work along I-95 in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for February 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge on a four-mile-long stretch of I-95 in Hampden. These bridges are almost 60 years old and are approaching the end of their useful lives. This project will affect traffic on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate between mile markers 176 and 180. Several of the bridges carry I-95 over Souadabscook Stream. One carries the interstate over Emerson Mills Road. Another carries Cold Brook Road over the interstate.

We hope to maintain all four lanes of interstate traffic during daytime hours. Interstate traffic will be routed onto temporary median diversions, and speeds will be reduced to 55 mph in the bridge work zones. Single lane restrictions will happen at night (between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.). We ask that drivers use extreme caution while passing through our work areas.

The contractor will begin night work on February 26th, but work throughout 2020 will be mostly outside the current roadway with minimal impacts to the traveling public. We will begin our work on the northbound side. Once that work is complete, we will begin working on the southbound lanes. The nature of the contract on this project allows modifications throughout the length of the work. As with all construction projects, the weather may affect our work schedule. The estimated date of completion on this project is November 30th, 2022.

The contractor on this job is Cianbro Corporation of Pittsfield. The total contract price for the project is $44.8 million.

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2/24/2020: Downtown Wiscasset Traffic Signal Testing

MaineDOT

News Release for February 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting more traffic signal work in downtown Wiscasset on February 26th and 28th. The purpose of this work is to test the functionality of the new signals. This work will be happening at two signalized intersections: Main Street (Route 1) Middle Street as well as Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street. Signal testing will be happening from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. We ask that drivers remain alert as they're passing through this area. We continue to appreciate the public's patience and understanding as we wind down our work in Wiscasset.

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2/24/2020: Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for February 24, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting a routine safety inspection on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Tuesday, February 25th. We are required to do these inspections every two years. This work will impact traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Drivers will encounter lane restrictions, and we will likely have to open the bridge several times during the inspection process. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we conduct this important work.

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2/20/2020: Upcoming Traffic Changes on Piscataqua River Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for February 20, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The "Maine Ahead" project will begin a new phase of safety improvement work on the Piscataqua River Bridge, which carries I-95 between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Crews will be replacing bridge joints that date back to the original construction of the bridge a half-century ago.

This phase of joint replacement work will require the right travel lane to be closed on the southbound side of the bridge beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, February 24th. This closure will restrict the southbound side of the bridge to two lanes. It will not be reopened to three lanes on the weekends until this phase of the joint replacement work is complete. This work is expected to last several months. In a few weeks, we will begin joint replacement work on the northbound side of the bridge. This work will require a similar right travel lane closure on the northbound side. This restriction is also likely to last several months. We need to close these lanes to be able to work on the bridge joints. These traffic restrictions are also necessary for the safety of our crews and the traveling public.

We hope to be able to reopen these travel lanes as soon as this phase of the bridge joint replacements is complete, but these traffic restrictions could last through mid-May. We are committed to keeping three lanes of travel open on both sides of the bridge during peak travel periods (between mid-May and the day after Labor Day).

We continue to appreciate the patience and understanding of the members of the traveling public as we work on these important safety improvements. For the latest information, visit buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves safety improvements and the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for potential breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. Every day, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

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2/10/2020: UPDATE: Penobscot Narrows Bridge Reopened to Traffic

MaineDOT

News Release for February 10, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


10:20 a.m.

PROSPECT - The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is reopened to vehicle traffic. It was closed for a total of 40 minutes. During that time, the ice we were concerned about fell off the bridge cables.

10:00 a.m.

PROSPECT - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing the Penobscot Narrows Bridge to vehicle traffic because of falling ice. As the sun warms the ice that has formed on the bridge, there is a danger of that ice sliding off in sheets and falling onto the bridge deck. This is not the first time we have closed the bridge to traffic out of an abundance of caution.

There is a detour in place. We have activated our message boards to alert travelers. We will push out new information once we are able to safely reopen the bridge, but it may be closed until early afternoon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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2/10/2020: Ohio Street Bridge Replacement over I-95 in Bangor

MaineDOT

News Release for February 10, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Ohio Street Bridge, which carries Ohio Street over I-95 in Bangor. Demolition begins this month and will continue through April. The new bridge will be open by September 2020. During demolition and construction, local traffic, including pedestrians, will be detoured. After the new bridge opens, there will be alternating one-way traffic with flaggers until the project is completed this fall.

There will also be complete interstate closures, either northbound or southbound, during overnight hours - between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. These closures are allowed Monday through Thursday, and detours will be clearly marked. There will be no interstate closures during July and August.

The Ohio Street Bridge is approximately 60 years old and is approaching the end of its useful life. The new structure will include non-corrosive materials to reduce future maintenance needs. The new bridge will also provide an additional 18 inches of clearance for vehicles on the interstate. This $5.9-million project will also add a turning lane on Ohio Street for vehicles turning onto the ramp to travel southbound on I-95. MaineDOT is using some precast concrete bridge substructure elements during construction to expedite the process and minimize the impact to the traveling public.

The contractor on this work is T. Buck Construction, Inc. of Turner.

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2/3/2020: Commissioner Van Note Reacts to Governor Mills's Supplemental Budget Proposal

MaineDOT

News Release for February 3, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note issued the following statement in response to Governor Mills's supplemental budget proposal:

"On behalf of all Maine travelers, I want to thank Governor Mills for her willingness to commit $10 million in General Fund money to help repair our state's aging infrastructure. Transportation is a fundamental part of our lives, and funding it adequately will preserve public safety, support economic vitality, and reduce its impact on our environment. We look forward to working with the Blue Ribbon Commission and others as we continue to move towards nonpartisan and sustainable solutions to our chronic underfunding of transportation in Maine."

Background: Last year, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to create a Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. The Commission has estimated the annual unmet funding need at MaineDOT is $232 million. Commission members are continuing to work this year with the goal of identifying a nonpartisan and sustainable solution to MaineDOT's chronic funding problem.

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1/21/2020: Commissioner Van Note Reacts to Governor Mills's State of the State Address

MaineDOT

News Release for January 21, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note issued the following statement in response to Governor Mills's State of the State Address:

"On behalf of the all Maine travelers and the hardworking men and women of the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), I applaud Governor Mills for her support of transportation and the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Recommend Transportation Funding Solutions. The Governor, the Commission, and all policymakers understand that transportation is fundamental to our safety, economic prosperity, and quality of life and that we need to come together to find nonpartisan solutions to our chronic underfunding challenge. Finding adequate and sustainable funding for transportation will take multiple strategies, and the Governor's openness to using General Fund dollars will help move the conversation forward.

"It is a conversation that needs to happen. Not only do we need to maintain the system we have, but we also need to improve the system. We need to make targeted capacity improvements, reduce the impact of transportation on climate, improve downtowns and villages, increase municipal support, and gradually reduce our dependence upon bonding and extraordinary federal funding to meet basic needs. We thank the Governor for her leadership and look forward to getting this done."

Background: Last year, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to create a Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. The Commission has estimated the annual unmet funding need at MaineDOT is $232 million. Commission members have asked to continue working this year with the goal of identifying a nonpartisan and sustainable solution to MaineDOT's chronic funding problem.

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1/14/2020: MaineDOT Releases New Three-Year Work Plan Amid Funding Challenges

MaineDOT

News Release for January 14, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation has released the 2020 Edition of its Three-Year Work Plan. This Work Plan includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives, and administrative functions for calendar years 2020, 2021, and 2022. It includes 2,051 individual work items with a total estimated value of $2.59 billion.

This Work Plan largely consists of spreading what used to be two years of capital projects over three years to stay within funding and cost constraints. Due to cost increases arising from workforce challenges, work constraints, and other factors, making old projects whole at the beginning of this Work Plan process has required an extraordinary amount of funding. The bottom line on this year's Work Plan is higher than last year's (largely due to increased levels of one-time infusions of federal grant money), higher costs will yield lower levels of capital project production in terms of miles of paving, numbers of bridges, etc.

"This fiscal challenge required us to prioritize even more and rely on less-reliable bond and competitive federal grant funding for basic needs," said Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "With lower levels of capital project production, we are focusing on essential safety needs, bridges, matching federal funds, and low cost patching of higher-priority roads until normal treatments become fiscally possible. The reality is that we are now competently managing a slow decline of our transportation system until bipartisan funding solutions materialize. The system will not fail immediately, and we will do our best to avoid any serious safety impacts, but holding actions only work for a short time, and the reliability of the system will suffer."

The biggest project in this Work Plan is the replacement of the Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge. This bridge represents a vital link between Maine and New Brunswick. The current structure is 100 years old and has deteriorated to the point that it is near the end of its useful life.

"The importance of safe and reliable public transportation infrastructure and the effect on it has on our state and local economy cannot be ignored," said Madawaska Town Manager Gary Picard. "The International Bridge's five-ton weight limit has been financially detrimental to our town's largest employer, the Twin Rivers Paper Company, which employs more than 500 workers and contributes to more than 5,800 indirect jobs throughout The County. Under the bridge's current weight limits, all commercial traffic from Canada to Madawaska must now be rerouted primarily through Van Buren, adding 75 miles and nearly two hours in transit time to each trip. We need a new bridge."

Last year, the Legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. Commission members have identified an annual unmet funding need of approximately $232 million. Members recommend that after providing sufficient funding, the state gradually reduces its reliance on bonding. The Commission is continuing to meet this year to try to identify a nonpartisan solution to MaineDOT's chronic funding problem.

"Not meeting this need is both concerning and disappointing," said Paul Koziell, President of CPM Constructors, Inc. of Freeport. "The Work Plan is comprehensive and mentions lots of projects. However, what projects are not in this Work Plan as a result of this annual $232-million shortfall and should be? Think about this when you are driving and hit a crack in the road, a deteriorating road shoulder, or raised bridge joint and then need to bring your car, truck, or SUV to the garage for yet another front-end alignment. Maine deserves better. We need not only to maintain our transportation infrastructure but also to improve it. Regrettably, until there is a willingness to solve this funding shortfall once and for all, this will not be accomplished."

"Businesses in every sector in Maine are eager to recruit and train tomorrow's workforce," said Dana Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. "That workforce needs to be able to get to and from work safely, and their families need to be able to access educational and recreational opportunities throughout the state. Transportation infrastructure and having transportation choices is important to every single citizen in the state of Maine, which means it is important to every single business in Maine, no matter their size, their location, their product or service. Transportation is critical to every single one of us. We must make it more cost-effective to move freight, we must expand transit for our aging population, and we must do so with safety at top of mind. This Work Plan moves us in the right direction."

Read the full 2020 Edition of MaineDOT's Three-Year Work Plan: http://www.mainedot.gov/projects/workplan

Download images and renderings of Work Plan projects: https://file.ac/21euCO1oZvBVcYfYZrdHMA/

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1/9/2020: Safety Work on I-95 near Piscataqua River Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for January 9, 2020

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting important safety improvements on the northbound side of I-95 on Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th. This work will be happening on the New Hampshire approach to the Piscataqua River Bridge.

On Friday, we will be doing paving work that will require us to close the left-hand lane on the northbound side. We expect this lane restriction will begin at 9:00 a.m. and could last until 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, crews will be restriping the pavement to make it easier for drivers to see the shifting lanes in our construction area. During Saturday's work, there will be times when we have to restrict northbound traffic to one lane. This work will begin at 6:00 a.m. and be done by the afternoon. As with all work, this will be weather-dependent.

We realize these closures are likely to cause some traffic back-ups, but the safety of motorists traveling through this area is paramount, and we need to improve the striping. We appreciate the public's attention and help as we continue this important project to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge. For the latest information on this project, please visit buildingabettergateway.com or follow "Maine Ahead" on Facebook and Twitter.

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12/18/2019: Emergency Guardrail Repair on I-295

MaineDOT

News Release for December 18, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting emergency guardrail repair on the southbound side of I-295 on Friday. The work area will be at mile marker 9 - north of Veranda Street. This repair work is necessary because of last Friday's tractor-trailer crash. Crews will be working from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the work will close the right-hand lane on the southbound side. Main Line Fence of Cumberland is the contractor on this job. We ask that drivers please use caution while passing by this work zone.

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12/8/2019: Work on Brunswick Ave. in Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for December 8, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GARDINER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be continuing its work in downtown Gardiner this week. Crews will be working on Brunswick Ave. from Mechanic St., through the Water St. intersection, and onto Bridge St. Drivers should expect lane shifts because most of the work will be happening in the center of the road. Our goal is to do most of this work at night. Police will help direct traffic. We plan to complete this work between Monday, December 9th and Friday, December 13th. As with all construction, this work is weather-dependent.

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11/26/2019: Vinalhaven Ferry Terminal Work

MaineDOT

News Release for November 26, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


VINALHAVEN - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to make improvements to the Vinalhaven Ferry Terminal. The terminal is located on West Main Street in Vinalhaven. We are modifying the ferry pen in order to accommodate the new, larger ferry that is currently under construction at Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. in East Boothbay. Prock Marine Company of Rockland is the contractor on the Vinalhaven terminal work. The terminal project started this month and is expected to be finished by April 1, 2020.

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11/7/2019: MaineDOT Is Ready for Winter Weather

MaineDOT

News Release for November 7, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - Maine Department of Transportation workers are ready to respond to what we expect will be the first winter weather event of the season Thursday night and Friday morning.

"Our plow trucks are ready, our salt sheds are full, and our snow fighters are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way," said MaineDOT Highway Maintenance Engineer Brian Burne.

MaineDOT is responsible for plowing 8,300 lane miles of road. We have about 400 plow trucks staffed by nearly 800 Transportation Workers at 100 maintenance locations statewide. Last winter, these snow fighters plowed roughly 2.3 million miles of road: that's the equivalent of 92 trips around the earth at the equator. Our five-year average amount of rock salt used annually is 142,000 tons.

Last year was our most expensive year ever for snow and ice control. We spent approximately $46 million. Several icing events and storms that required overtime pay (because they occurred on nights and weekends) contributed to this high total.

"Keeping Maine roads and bridges safe during winter storms is a year-round job for us," said Burne. "While people are enjoying their summer vacations, we are filling salt sheds, training personnel, ordering plow blades, and preparing our equipment to ensure that we can efficiently maintain safety and mobility on Maine roads during winter weather events."

As always, we ask that drivers exercise caution on the roads, maintain safe speeds, and stay at least four car lengths back from our snowplows.

Please contact Public Information Officer Paul Merrill to arrange for interviews today or tomorrow. We may be able to make crews available at our regional offices as well.

Stay safe!

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11/6/2019: UPDATE: Route 1A Bridge Work in Washington County

MaineDOT

News Release for November 6, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HARRINGTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is working seven days a week to replace Johnson Bridge, which carries Route 1A over Flat Bay River and Curtis Creek in the Town of Harrington in Washington County. Due to cold weather and shortened work days, we need additional time to complete this work. Route 1A remains closed to traffic and is scheduled to be reopened on November 25th.

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10/30/2019: Route 1 Paving Work in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for October 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting paving work on Route 1 in Brunswick. The work area runs from the Cooks Corner interchange to the Brunswick-Topsham Bypass interchange. We'll be paving and striping both the travel and passing lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides. Work on the northbound side will be happening between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Work on the southbound side will be happening between 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Drivers should expect lane restrictions. This work started on October 29th and is scheduled to take four days to complete, but like all MaineDOT work it is heavily weather-dependent. The contractor on this job is All States Asphalt, Inc. of Richmond.

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10/29/2019: Traffic Signal Testing in Wiscasset

MaineDOT

News Release for October 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation will be testing new traffic signals at two intersections in downtown Wiscasset on Wednesday, October 30th. The testing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until noon. The intersections in question are where Water Street intersects with Route 1 and where Water Street intersects with Middle Street. People passing through these intersections should proceed with caution. Message boards will alert motorists about this test, and law enforcement officials will be on site during the testing period.

After the testing period is complete, the signals will flash yellow for Route 1 traffic until the date they go live. We will notify the public again before that happens. These signals will feature smart technology that allows them to adapt with the flow of traffic and communicate with MaineDOT's Transportation Management Center in Augusta. This signal work represents one of the final phases of the downtown Wiscasset work. The majority of the project will be finished this year with the remaining work scheduled for completion next spring.

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10/28/2019: UPDATE: Upgrades to Railroad Crossings in Washington County

MaineDOT

News Release for October 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is upgrading two Mattawamkeag Railroad Crossings in Washington County. One is on Route 1 (Houlton Road) in Eaton just south of Danforth. The other is on Route 6 (Old Codyville Road) in Lambert Lake. Our work areas extend approximately 200 feet on either side of each railroad crossing. One-way temporary gravel detours have been installed around the rail crossing work zones. This work started on Monday, October 28th and is scheduled to continue through November 6th. The contractors are NBM Railways and Northeast Paving.

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10/28/2019: Overnight Lane Restrictions on I-295 in Freeport

MaineDOT

News Release for October 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FREEPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working with Maine Water on a project that will impact traffic on both sides of I-295 in Freeport this week. We are working to install a water main under the interstate between mile markers 21 and 22. Work outside the paved areas will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28th. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., we will be closing the northbound travel lane and southbound passing lane to monitor the progress of the directional boring. We plan to reopen all travel lanes before Tuesday morning's commute. Overnight work is expected to continue throughout the rest of the week.

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10/25/2019: UPDATED SCHEDULE: Overnight Paving on I-295

MaineDOT

News Release for October 25, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORTLAND AND SOUTH PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting overnight paving work on four bridges on I-295 in Portland and South Portland. This work is being done to preserve the bridge surfaces until we can do more thorough work in future years. The four bridges that we are repairing are Tukey's Bridge Northbound and Southbound, Fore River Bridge Northbound, Fore River Bridge Southbound, and the Fore River Parkway Bridge Northbound. Crews will be milling and repaving the surface of Tukey's Bridge. The other three bridges will be overlaid with new asphalt. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries, Inc.

The work began on the evening of Monday, October 28th and will continue every night until it's finished. Working hours will be from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Inclement weather has delayed some of this work. We expect to finish it by Tuesday, November 5th. Drivers should expect lane restrictions. We are using message boards to alert people about this upcoming work.

Earlier this year, MaineDOT had to delay a more significant project involving work on the I-295 corridor because a heated construction bidding environment led to bid prices coming in at more than double what we had expected to pay for the work. This bridge deck paving work is being done to ensure safety and mobility on the parts of the interstate that are exhibiting the greatest needs. All future work on this corridor, like all MaineDOT work, is dependent on safety criteria and the availability of funding.

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10/24/2019: Traffic Pattern Changes for "Maine Ahead" Project

MaineDOT

News Release for October 24, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - As work on the "Maine Ahead" project continues, drivers will begin encountering new traffic patterns near the Piscataqua River Bridge.

Beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight (October 24th), crews will be closing the Exit 1 off-ramp on the northbound side of I-95. This ramp along with the southbound exit ramp (which has already been closed for several weeks) will remain closed until the bridge project is substantially complete. Our anticipated date for that substantial completion is October 2021.

Contractors have also closed the southbound right lane on the bridge. That lane will reopen at 2:00 p.m. on Friday (October 25th). A similar lane closure will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28th and last until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1st.

The changes are required not only to help facilitate construction work but also to ensure the safety of our crews.

The best bet for through traffic is to stay on the interstate. Local traffic can use the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge as a detour.

The "Maine Ahead" work is being led by the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The purpose of this project is to ensure safety and increase mobility for the millions of drivers who pass between Maine and New Hampshire every year. The latest information on this work is always available at www.buildingabettergateway.com and on the "Maine Ahead" Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We want to thank drivers and residents for their patience and understanding during this work. We know traffic changes can present inconveniences. We are doing our best to ensure the safety of our crews and, ultimately, improve travel for everyone who passes between our two states.

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10/22/2019: Helicopter-aided Geotechnical Exploration in Madawaska

MaineDOT

News Release for October 22, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be using a helicopter to help conduct geotechnical explorations in the St. John River between Madawaska and Edumundston, New Brunswick next week. The purpose of the geotechnical exploration work is to determine the location and quality of bedrock in the river for the future placement of bridge abutments and in-water piers for the new Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge.

The drilling project will begin October 25th and end November 27th, but the helicopter will only be used from October 27th through November 1st. The helicopter's main function is to transport materials. The steep embankments and shallow depths of the river make this air support necessary. This is the first time the MaineDOT Bridge Program is using a helicopter to pick up and place drill rigs on boring locations.

The helicopter activity will be west of Mill Street and north of Route 1 with a direct flight path to the river. The traveling public will not be impacted by this activity and the flight path does not cross over any occupied structures or public roads.

The helicopter belongs to CHI Aviation out of Michigan. This company specializes in aerial lifts.

MaineDOT is still working with our counterparts in Canada on the design work, funding, and environmental impacts of the new bridge. We expect to put the job out to bid in the fall of 2020.

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10/17/2019: Temporary Road Closure in Lebanon

MaineDOT

News Release for October 17, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LEBANON - The Maine Department of Transportation is working on a project that will require the temporarily closure of Prospect Hill Road in Lebanon later this week as crews continue their work on the railroad crossing there. The affected area is immediately east of the border with New Hampshire. Prospect Hill Road turns into Garage Way when it crosses into Milton, NH. The full road closure will happen for approximately three hours either on Friday, October 18th or Saturday, October 19th depending on the progress of other work. There will also be an approximately four-hour-long closure on Monday, October 21st. Variable message board signs will be used to alert drivers about the temporary closures. All traffic will be able to use an approximately-ten-mile-long detour. New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation is directing this work, which started on September 23rd and should be substantially finished by the end of October.

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10/16/2019: MaineDOT Chief Engineer Receives National Award

MaineDOT

News Release for October 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - MaineDOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor is the recipient of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' 2019 President's Special Award of Merit. AASHTO presents this award to someone "who has made outstanding and exemplary contributions to the work of the Association."

Joyce joined MaineDOT in 1999 and has been our chief engineer since 2013. Her intellect and leadership affect virtually all of MaineDOT's high-profile projects. Joyce was the first president of Maine's chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and serves on the Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers. She is an active participant on AASHTO's Council of Highways and Streets and the Transportation Policy Forum and serves as the Vice-Chair on AASHTO's Committee on Design. Her successful safety policy work at AASHTO will benefit the transportation industry and the traveling public for years to come.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Joyce working with us at MaineDOT," said Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "She is a creative problem-solver and a caring friend. It comes as no surprise that her industry colleagues at the national level also hold her in high regard. We are proud of the contributions she makes every day to transportation both in Maine and across the country."

Utah Department of Transportation Executive Director Carlos Braceras, who served as 2018-2019 AASHTO President, presented the award to Joyce at the annual AASHTO conference in St. Louis earlier this month.

"Not only is Joyce professional and intelligent, she is strong and optimistic," said Braceras. "Joyce is a mother of two, and several years ago she beat cancer. She did much more than just survive. She showed bravery and grace, exuding gratitude for people who showed their support during that time. Her appreciation of relationships - and of life - carry through in all she does."

Upon receipt of the AASHTO's 2019 President's Special Award of Merit, Taylor said, "It's truly humbling to be selected for this award - especially considering all of my outstanding peers across the nation. Each one of them is deserving of similar accolades."

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10/16/2019: Bridge Replacement in Gardiner

MaineDOT

News Release for October 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GARDINER - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the Maine Avenue Bridge, which carries Route 24 over the Cobbosseecontee Stream in Gardiner. This work will require a full closure of the bridge beginning Friday, October 18th at 12:01 a.m. The new bridge is scheduled to reopen at midnight on Friday, November 1st at 11:59 p.m. Crews will be working around the clock during more than half of the 15-day-long construction window. Detour routes will be clearly marked during the full closure. There will be minimal impacts to parking. After the new bridge opens, drivers should expect an alternating single-lane traffic pattern while construction is finishing. The new Maine Avenue Bridge will feature two 11-foot-wide lanes, two five-foot-wide shoulders, and one five-foot-wide sidewalk.

The extension of the Kennebec River Rail Trail also reached a significant milestone with the recently installed multi-use bridge over the Cobbosseecontee Stream. When completed, the trail enhancements will include landscaping, ornamental lighting, safety features, and interpretive panels.

All this work is part of a comprehensive set of traffic improvements in Gardiner that also includes the replacement of the Bridge Street (Route 201) Bridge, intersection improvements in the downtown area, and significant utility upgrades. The work on this $12.6-million project is expected to be largely finished by the end of 2020. Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich is the contractor on this project.

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9/30/2019: New Maine State Ferry Rates

MaineDOT

News Release for September 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - New rates for the Maine State Ferry Service will take effect on October 1st. The rulemaking process was officially completed on September 19th. That months-long process involved public hearings, conversations with community members, and island visits by Maine Department of Transportation staff.

"We feel this new rate structure strikes a reasonable balance considering all of the various and sometimes competing concerns we heard from those who rely on the Maine State Ferry Service," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. I want to thank everyone involved particularly the members of the island communities for their engagement, thoughtfulness, and hospitality throughout this process.

Details about the new rate structure and answers to a list of frequently asked questions can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/mdot/ferry/assets/docs/2019/tariffs/Tariff-9-Quick-Reference.pdf

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9/20/2019: Road Work in Mount Vernon

MaineDOT

News Release for September 20, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MOUNT VERNON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on North Road in Mount Vernon next week. The exact location of the work is near the fire station. The work will start on September 23rd and run through September 28th. Drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern during this work. Emery Lee & Sons Inc. of Millinocket is the contractor on this job.

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9/16/2019: Frank J. Wood Bridge Inspection Work

MaineDOT

News Release for September 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK-TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing a routine safety inspection of the Frank J. Wood Bridge that connects Brunswick and Topsham. The work will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17th and could run as late as 7:00 p.m. During the inspection work, traffic will be allowed from Topsham to Brunswick, but traffic from Brunswick to Topsham will be detoured using Routes 1 and 196. This bridge is inspected every two years. Its last inspection was in September 2017.

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9/13/2019: Route 131 Detour in Port Clyde

MaineDOT

News Release for September 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PORT CLYDE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be detouring traffic along Route 131 in Port Clyde to accommodate a cross culvert replacement. The work area is near the intersection of the northern end of the Drift Inn Road and Route 131. The detour will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16th and last until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th. Any work outside the detour time will require an alternating one-lane traffic pattern. The contractor on this work is Farley and Son, Inc. of Rockport. All work on this project should be finished by September 21st.

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9/13/2019: Overnight Ramp Closure in Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for September 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the Congress Avenue off-ramp on the southbound side of U.S. Route 1 in Bath on the night of Sunday, September 15th to accommodate overnight paving work. The off-ramp may be closed after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday and will be open by 6:00 a.m. on Monday. We don't expect to have the ramp closed during the entire time frame. A detour route will be marked. Northeast Asphalt Paving of Wilton is the contractor on this job. This off-ramp work is part of the U.S. Route 1 paving work through Brunswick, West Bath, Bath, and Woolwich. The work started earlier this year and is expected to be finished by August 2020.

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9/10/2019: Temporary Bridge Closure in Hancock County

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TREMONT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the Marsh Bridge to traffic starting on or about September 16th, 2019. The bridge carries Bass Harbor Road over the Marsh Brook in Tremont. It will be closed for approximately 60 days to accommodate a partial replacement. Traffic will be detoured using Route 102A.

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9/10/2019: Bridge Work in Biddeford

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BIDDEFORD - The Maine Department of Transportation is going to be resurfacing the Swan Pond Bridge in Biddeford. The Swan Pond Bridge carries South Street over Swan Pond Brook. Work is scheduled to begin on September 12th and end on September 16th. Drivers should expect an alternating single-lane traffic pattern during this work. Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham is the contractor on this job.

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9/10/2019: Route 41 Detour in Readfield

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


READFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation is going to be detouring traffic on Route 41 in Readfield to replace a culvert. The work area is near the intersection of Route 41 and Beans Mills Road. The 36-hour-detour will start at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16th and end at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th. After the detour ends, work on the project will continue until September 21st, and drivers should expect an alternating single-lane traffic pattern. Emery Lee and Sons Inc. of Millinocket is the contractor on this job.

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9/10/2019: Bridge Work in Biddeford

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BIDDEFORD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be resurfacing City Farm Bridge in Biddeford from September 12th to September 16th. The bridge carries Main Street over Thatcher Brook. Drivers should expect an alternating single-lane traffic pattern during this work. Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham is the contractor on this job.

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9/10/2019: Bridge Work in Lebanon

MaineDOT

News Release for September 10, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LEBANON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the Milton Bridge in Lebanon from September 11th to September 13th. The bridge carries Garage Way/Prospect Hill Road over Salmon Falls River. Drivers should expect an alternating single-lane traffic pattern during this work. Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham is the contractor on this job.

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9/6/2019: Lubec Bridge Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for September 6, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LUBEC - Beginning September 8th at 5:00 p.m., the Mays Bridge on Route 189 in Lubec will be closed for ten days. Crews started work to replace the bridge on August 26th. During the ten-day-long closure, traffic will be detoured from Route 189 to Timber Cove Road and Crows Neck Road. Trucks and RVs will follow a signaled detour on Route 191. Once the bridge reopens, there will be a single-lane alternating traffic pattern for approximately another three weeks while the work is being finished.

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9/6/2019: Week-long Road Closure in Falmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for September 6, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FALMOUTH - Beginning Monday, September 9th, Gray Road (Routes 26 and 100) in Falmouth will be closed for seven days. Crews will be installing a new culvert under the road just north of the Winn Road intersection. This work requires full road closure through Sunday, September 15th. Homes and businesses will be accessible but only from either side of the closure. No through traffic will be allowed.

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9/5/2019: Overnight Closures for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Inspections

MaineDOT

News Release for September 5, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge will be closed to traffic for three nights later this month to accommodate overnight inspections of the bridge machinery. The closures will occur on the nights of Monday, September 16th; Tuesday, September 17th; and Wednesday, September 18th. Bridge closures will run from 8:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. the following day.

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8/30/2019: Work To Resume on Route 27 in Belgrade Lakes

MaineDOT

News Release for August 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BELGRADE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be resuming work on Route 27 in Belgrade Lakes on Tuesday, September 3rd. Crews will be working on the sidewalks, lighting, paving, and landscaping. The tentative dates for final paving are September 16th and 17th. The completion date for this project is October 19th. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern while crews are working. The contractor on this job is Pratt & Sons, Inc. of Mechanic Falls.

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8/29/2019: Labor Day Weekend Travel and I-95 Bridge Construction Changes

MaineDOT

News Release for August 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - As Maine prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors this Labor Day weekend, the Maine Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be safe and announcing the next phase of work on the Piscataqua River bridge that connects Kittery to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

MaineDOT will be activating safety message boards from Friday to Monday. The three main things drivers should avoid are speeding, impairment, and distractions. It is illegal to text and drive in Maine. While the state's new hands-free cell phone law doesnt take effect until September 19th, drivers should already be getting in the habit of using hands-free devices.

The work our crews are doing to improve safety and mobility on the Piscataqua River (I-95) bridge is progressing and is about to enter a new phase after the holiday weekend. Beginning Tuesday, September 4th, southbound traffic will be restricted to two lanes in the area of the bridge to accommodate concrete demolition. This single-lane restriction will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. All three southbound travel lanes will remain open during the weekend. Beginning the week of September 9th, the single-lane restriction will run from Monday morning through Friday afternoon. This new traffic pattern will be in effect every week through the Columbus Day weekend.

We want to thank drivers for their attention and patience during this important bridge work. The most up-to-date information about the project is always available on the "Maine Ahead" website. The address is www.buildingabettergateway.com. We are also always updating the Maine Ahead Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend in our great state.

Note to reporters: MaineDOT Public Information Officer Paul Merrill will be available for in-person interviews in Westbrook on Friday, August 30th. To schedule an interview, please call or text Paul at 207-215-9297.

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8/13/2019: MaineDOT Seeks To Distribute $3 Million in VW Settlement Funds

MaineDOT

News Release for August 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking to distribute approximately $3 million in Volkswagen environmental mitigation settlement funds. This money is what's remaining in the Appendix D-2 Eligible Mitigation Action category. An eligible party still operating a vehicle with a diesel engine from 2009 or earlier may receive between 25 and 80 percent of the base price of a new vehicle through this settlement fund.

This is the second round of competitive funding. The first round, announced last year, resulted in payments totaling nearly $2 million. MaineDOT will continue to distribute funds until they are exhausted.

How To Apply:

  1. The 2019 application can be found here: mainedot.gov/vw/application
  2. MaineDOT will begin accepting applications for this second round of funding on September 16th, 2019.
  3. All applications must be submitted by November 15th, 2019.
  4. Applications must be mailed or emailed to:

    David Gardner

    Maine Department of Transportation

    Environmental Office

    16 State House Station

    Augusta, ME 04333

    david.gardner@maine.gov

  5. Vehicles being replaced must be in operation and planned to be in operation. Vehicles not in service will not be considered.

  6. Decision criteria are included in the application.
  7. Application results will be finalized around January 2nd, 2020. A notification of award or non-award will be mailed to the applicant and results will be posted at: mainedot.gov/vw/results

Background:

The U.S. District Court in Northern California approved a partial consent decree to settle allegations that Volkswagen had installed defective devices on 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold or leased in the United States. Maines VW settlement allocation totals a little more than $21 million dollars. The Appendix D-2 Eligible Mitigation Action category represents $5 million of that total. Individuals and entities that have an interest in applying for Maine VW environmental mitigation settlement funds are encouraged to submit applications.

Maine Department of Transportation is the lead state agency for Maines VW settlement fund. If you have any questions, please contact MaineDOT's David Gardner by email at David.Gardner@Maine.gov, or visit Maines VW settlement website - mainedot.gov/vw - for more information.

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8/9/2019: Updated Overnight Restrictions on I-295 in Falmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FALMOUTH - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing to work on the Lunt Road Bridge in Falmouth. The bridge carries Lunt Road over I-295. During the weeks of August 11th and 19th, Lunt Road will be closed to traffic between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. beginning Sunday night and ending Friday morning. Drivers should follow marked detour routes. During the week of August 11th, I-295 will be restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. beginning Sunday night and ending Friday morning. During the week of August 19th, I-295 will be restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. beginning Sunday night and ending Friday morning. No more full closures of I-295 are required at this time.

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8/9/2019: Work on Route 106 in Livermore Falls

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LIVERMORE FALLS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting culvert, drainage, and paving work along Route 106 in Livermore Falls. Work is scheduled to begin on August 19th and be finished by September 15th. The work area is just north of the south entrance to Strickland Loop Road. Route 106 will be closed to through traffic at the work site; vehicles will use Route 133 as a detour. Manter Construction of Maine, Inc. of Sidney is the contractor on this job.

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8/9/2019: Railroad Bridge Work in Aroostook County

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ASHLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to strengthen the railroad bridge in Ashland that crosses over Sheridan Road and the Aroostook River. This project is one of two aimed at allowing increased speed and weight across the entire MaineDOT-owned rail line in Aroostook County. The Ashland bridge, which is officially named the Madawaska Subdivision over Sheridan Road and Aroostook River, is approximately one mile north of the intersection of Sheridan Road and Route 11. Work is scheduled to begin on August 14th and be finished in Fall 2020. Drivers should expect one-lane traffic on Sheridan Road. The contractor on this job is Koppers Railroad Structures of Madison, Wisconsin.

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8/9/2019: Oxford County Bridge Construction

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WATERFORD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge deck of the Horrs Bridge in Waterford. The bridge carries Valley Road (Route 35) over Crooked River. The work area is about one-third of a mile southeast of the Albany Township line. Drivers should expect one-lane traffic during construction. This job is scheduled to begin on August 12th and should be finished by November 30th. The contractor is BMB Construction LLC of Holden.

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7/30/2019: Bridge Replacement Work Beginning in Machias

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MACHIAS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be beginning preliminary work for the Dyke Bridge replacement project in Machias. Crews will be mobilizing on Monday, August 5th with work starting on Tuesday, August 6th. The Dyke Bridge carries Route 1 and the Sunrise Trail over the Middle River and is located at the center of the causeway. Lane shifts and temporary (one-minute-long) road closures will be happening during this work. Parking on the causeway is not allowed during the subsurface exploration work from Monday to Friday. During the weekend, the parking area on the causeway will be open. We expect this preliminary work to take a total of 11 days to complete. Crews will not be working on Friday, August 16th. Golder Associates Inc. is the geotechnical firm doing the work.

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7/30/2019: Paving Work on I-95 Northbound in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for July 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on the northbound side of I-95 in Penobscot County beginning this week. We will be working on the travel lane between mile markers 201 and 217. This 16-mile stretch goes through Argyle Township, Edinburg, and Howland. We expect this job will take several days to complete. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during this work. The surface of this segment of interstate wore faster than we expected. Pike Industries is the contractor on this job. Both northbound lanes are scheduled for more work in 2020.

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7/29/2019: Final Stage of River Road Reconstruction in Windham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WINDHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning full road construction work on a three-mile-long stretch of River Road in Windham. Once this work is finished, the entire length of River Road will have been fully rebuilt. The current work segment begins at the Westbrook line and stretches north for approximately three miles. Right now, our work is focused on preparing the area by clearing trees, moving utilities, and working on drainage. The first eight weeks of work will also involve archaeological excavation of what, if anything, remains of a frontier fort from the late 1700s. Actual reconstruction of the road will likely begin in 2020. We expect this job will be finished by June 19, 2021. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is the contractor on this work.

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7/28/2019: Traffic Restored to Madawaska Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for July 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - Bridge inspection work on the Madawaska International Bridge necessitating full bridge and lane closures has concluded earlier then expected, and while the inspection will continue until complete, MaineDOT anticipates little to no impact to the traveling public through the remainder of the inspection process.

The structure has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that need to be properly evaluated annually to allow for continued safe use. It is currently posted at a five-ton weight limit. The bridge was constructed in 1920.

Construction of a new international bridge connection Madawaska and Edmonston, New Brunswick is expected to begin late next year with completion in 2023.

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7/26/2019: Route 9 Work in Chelsea and Randolph

MaineDOT

News Release for July 26, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing pavement, drainage, and safety work on Route 9 in the towns of Chelsea and Randolph. This work will begin on July 29th and is expected to be finished by October 28th. The work area starts at the intersection of Routes 9 and 27 in Randolph and extends north, through Chelsea, to the Augusta line. Crews will maintain two-lane traffic during the day, but drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern at night. Pike Industries of Westbrook is the contractor on this project.

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7/26/2019: Route 202 Paving in Winthrop

MaineDOT

News Release for July 26, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be paving Route 202 in Winthrop beginning on Monday, July 29th. The work area begins at the intersection of Route 202 and Old Lewiston Road in Winthrop and extends northeast, ending just past the Manchester town line. Drivers should expect one-way alternating traffic at night. Crews will maintain two-way traffic during the day. All State Asphalt out of Richmond is the contractor on this work. We expect it will be done by September 5th.

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7/26/2019: Route 15 Paving Work in Penobscot County

MaineDOT

News Release for July 26, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing paving work on a nine-mile-long stretch of Route 15 in Penobscot County. The work area begins at the Charleston-Corinth line and extends south into Kenduskeag, ending 3.5 miles north of the Glenburn town line. Traffic restrictions will create some delays. Northeast Paving of Hermon is the contractor on this job, which we expect will be finished by September 21st.

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7/24/2019: Route 139 Paving from Benton to Unity

MaineDOT

News Release for July 24, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC AND WALDO COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing paving work on a seven-mile-long stretch of Route 139 between Unity and Benton. The work area begins at the bridge over Fifteen Mile Stream in Benton, runs east through Unity Township, and ends at Routes 9 and 202 in Unity. All States Asphalt, Inc. out of Richmond is performing this work, which is expected to be finished by September 14th.

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7/19/2019: Bridge Replacement in North Fryeburg

MaineDOT

News Release for July 19, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRYEBURG - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the Kimball Brook Bridge in North Fryeburg. The bridge carries Route 113 (North Fryeburg Road) over Kimball Brook near the North Fryeburg Fire Department. Construction will begin on July 22nd. Workers will be removing two culvert pipes and putting in a box culvert. There will be a period of no more than seven days when the road will be closed to traffic. We haven't yet determined exactly when that period will be. During the closure, vehicles will be rerouted to New Road and Union Hill Road. Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich is the contractor on this work, which we expected will be finished by August 23rd.

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7/19/2019: Road Striping Operations

MaineDOT

News Release for July 19, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be striping highway exit ramps over the next few weeks. All work will be done after dusk and before dawn to minimize traffic impacts. Striping operations will begin in the Bangor area on July 21st. Work on I-95 and I-395 should take approximately one week. Striping operations between Newport and Portland are expected to begin on July 28th. Crews will focus on the ramps along I-95, I-295, and U.S. Route 1. We expect all striping work will be completed by August 9th. All work is weather-dependent. As always, we urge drivers to be extremely careful around work crews.

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7/18/2019: South Berwick Bridge Painting

MaineDOT

News Release for July 18, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOUTH BERWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation is repainting parts of the South Berwick Bridge. The bridge carries Brattle Street over Great Works River. Workers will be removing rust and repainting parts of the bridge to extend the life of the bridge's beams, bearings, and rails. Flaggers will be used to control traffic when necessary. Copia Specialty Contractors, Inc. of Bangor is the contractor on this work, which is expected to be finished by August 9th.

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7/18/2019: Temporary Bridge Closure in Madrid Township

MaineDOT

News Release for July 18, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MADRID TOWNSHIP - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the surface of the Village Bridge in Madrid Township on July 22nd. The bridge carries Reeds Mill Road over the Sandy River. Because the bridge is so narrow, we will be closing it on July 29th. It will remain closed during the entire construction period. Reeds Mill Road traffic will be detoured using Route 4, Toothaker Pond Road, and Fish Hatchery Road. MaineDOT crews are doing the work on this project, which is expected to be finished by August 28th.

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7/16/2019: Paving Work in Gorham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GORHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and safety improvements in Gorham along Route 112 and through several intersections. The work area stretches nearly 3.5 miles. It begins at the intersection of Routes 25 and 112 and extends southeast, passing through the intersection of Routes 112 and 202, and ends at the intersection of Routes 112 and 114. The work area includes the roundabouts where Route 112 intersects Routes 25, 202, and 114. The work is being done Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Drivers should expect lane reductions throughout the duration of this project. Beginning July 17th, crews will be detouring traffic around the Gorham Bypass during the overnight hours to allow paving work in the roundabouts. All work on this project should be finished by August 6th. The contractor on this job is Pike Industries.

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7/16/2019: Culvert Replacement Work in Limington

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


LIMINGTON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Route 117 in Limington. The work area is about a half-mile east of Deer Ridge Road. Construction will begin on July 17th. Work times will be Monday through Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern during construction hours. This project is expected to be finished by July 27th.

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7/16/2019: Route 1 Paving Work Between Brunswick and Woolwich

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND AND SAGADAHOC COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to improve the safety on both the northbound and southbound sides of Route 1 through Brunswick, West Bath, Bath, and Woolwich. This project involves paving, drainage, and safety improvements along a more-than-five-mile-long stretch of road. The work area begins at the Cook's Corner interchange in Brunswick and extends to the Bath Viaduct. The project includes the Sagadahoc Bridge, the ramp at New Meadows Road, and the ramp at Congress Avenue. This work will be done overnight. Drivers should expect single-lane traffic patterns. The contractor on this job is Northeast Paving out of Bangor. The project should be finished by August 2020.

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7/16/2019: Center Turning Lane Being Added To Improve Safety in Holden

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HOLDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working to improve the safety of Route 1A (Main Road) in Holden by adding a two-way left-hand turn lane along two stretches of the road. Crashes have been happening in this area when drivers slow down to make left-hand turns and are hit from behind by drivers who are distracted, impaired, or unaware of slowing traffic. The goal of adding a center lane for left-hand turns is to reduce the frequency and severity of such crashes. The work being done will also help preserve the pavement. There are two work areas on this project. One begins one mile east of Charles Drive and extends east for one mile to Bagaduce Road. The other begins a half-mile southeast of Debeck Road and extends southeasterly for three-quarters of a mile to Copeland Hill Road. Work will begin at 7:00 p.m. on July 21st. All work will be done between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Drivers should expect traffic to be reduced to one lane during work hours. The anticipated completion date of this project is September 19th. The contractor on this job is Pike Industries of Fairfield.

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7/16/2019: Detour on Berry's Mill Road in West Bath

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WEST BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing twin culverts that run beneath Berry's Mill Road at Mill Cove in West Bath. Berry's Mill Road will be closed to all through traffic starting Monday, July 22nd. The closure will be approximately two miles south of the junction with State Road, which is one-and-a-half miles north of the junction with Campbell Pond Road. Traffic will be detoured for this project. The signed detour through the Town of West Bath and City of Bath will utilize Campbell Pond Road, High Street, Leeman Highway, Congress Avenue, and State Road. Message Boards are in place and active on State Road and Campbell Pond Road to notify motorists in advance of the work. The work and closure is anticipated to be completed by August 2nd. Please drive carefully through the detour route.

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7/16/2019: Safety Improvements to Route 46 in Bucksport

MaineDOT

News Release for July 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BUCKSPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation is making safety improvements to Route 46 in Bucksport. The work involves replacing a culvert, widening the road, removing guard rails, and extending the side slopes off the road. The project area is 0.7 miles east of the intersection of Routes 1 and 46. Crews will be using temporary traffic signals to control traffic during construction. Drivers should expect minimal delays. The contractor on this job is R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction, Inc. out of Ellsworth. The work is expected to be finished by August 20th.

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7/15/2019: Culvert Replacement Work in New Sharon

MaineDOT

News Release for July 15, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NEW SHARON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert that runs underneath Farmington Falls Road (Routes 2 and 27) in New Sharon. The work area is 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Route 134. Drivers should expect a one-lane alternating traffic pattern beginning on July 18th. Emory Lee & Sons Inc of Millinocket is the contractor on this work, which is expected to be finished in November.

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7/12/2019: Closure of I-295 northbound passing lane in Topsham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 12, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Topsham - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making repairs to the Androscoggin River Bridge on I-295 in Topsham at mile marker 30. Beginning Monday July 15, northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane while the contractor repairs bridge joints. Each lane is expected to see a one and half week closure at alternating times, leaving one remaining travel lane open to traffic. Crews plan to begin with closure of the left passing lane. This work is scheduled to last until August 3rd, though work is weather dependent so the schedule is subject to change. Work zone speed will be reduced to 55 mph and fines will be doubled. Please drive with caution through this work zone.

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7/8/2019: Bridge Work and Route 1 Paving, Northbound and Southbound, Brunswick, Bath & Woolwich

MaineDOT

News Release for July 8, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BATH - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin two major projects in the Bath/Brunswick/Woolwich area. Bridge wearing surface repairs to the Sagadohoc Bridge (#6388) located on the Bath and Woolwich town line will begin on Tuesday July 9, 2019. In addition, highway rehabilitation, drainage work, and tree removal will occur on US Route 1, northbound and southbound, beginning at the Cooks Corner Interchange in Brunswick and extending 5.18 miles east to the Bath Viaduct. All work will take place at night, beginning as early as 7pm and ending by 6am.

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7/3/2019: Road Surface Work in Franklin and Somerset Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for July 3, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin work to maintain the surfaces of Routes 2 and 4 in Franklin and Somerset Counties on July 22nd. This work is scheduled to be finished by August 8th. The work will begin on Route 2 in Mercer. Crews will begin sealing cracks about one-third of a mile east of Claude Brewer Road. The work area will extend approximately seven miles east to Upper Main Street in Norridgewock. Once work is finished on Route 2, crews will begin sealing cracks on Route 4. That work area begins one-fifth of a mile north of Adams Circle in Farmington and extends north for nearly four miles. Drivers should expect periodic lane closures during this work. Sealcoating, Inc. out of Braintree, Massachusetts is the contractor on this work.

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7/3/2019: Road Work To Begin in South Portland and Scarborough

MaineDOT

News Release for July 3, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making safety improvements along Route 701 in South Portland and Scarborough beginning on July 7th. Crews will be doing paving, guardrail, and median work along a nearly-two-mile-long stretch of road. Work will be done at night (between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) from Sunday nights through Saturday mornings. Traffic may be reduced to one lane at times, and exit ramps may be closed between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. during construction. Pike Industries, Inc. of Fairfield is the contractor on this project, which is expected to be finished by September 20th.

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7/3/2019: Augusta Bridge Repair Work

MaineDOT

News Release for July 3, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing overnight bridge repair work in Augusta between July 14th and 17th. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. on July 14th, MaineDOT crews will be doing repair work on the Augusta Interchange Bridge; this work will last one or two nights. When that work is finished, crews will begin working on the Memorial Bridge; that work will last two nights. Drivers should expect one-way alternating traffic patterns during the overnight work hours.

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7/2/2019: Bridge Replacement in Somerset County

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOMERSET COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the Corson Corner Bridge on July 8th. The bridge carries Routes 43 and 151 over Black Stream, connecting the Towns of Athens and Hartland in Somerset County. During construction, drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern. S.E. MacMillan Co., Inc. of Bangor is the contractor on this project, which is expected to be finished by the beginning of October.

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7/2/2019: Work on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridges in Skowhegan

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SKOWHEGAN - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin working on the North and South Margaret Chase Smith Bridges in Skowhegan on July 7th. The bridges carry Routes 2 and 201 over the Kennebec River. The construction area will run from the intersection of Madison Avenue and Water Street south along Island Avenue to the intersection of West Front Street and Waterville Road. Crews will be replacing bridge wearing surfaces and joints. They will also be doing work on the sidewalks and barriers as well as repaving the entire roadway. All work will be done at night (9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.) from Sunday nights to Friday mornings to minimize traffic impacts. There will be no work during the Skowhegan River Festival (August 1st to 3rd) and during the Skowhegan Fair (August 8th to 17th). Gordon Contracting of Sangerville is the contractor on this project, which is expected to be finished by October 19th.

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7/2/2019: Bridge Replacement in Oxford County

MaineDOT

News Release for July 2, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SUMNER - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the Heald Bridge in Sumner on July 8th. The Heald Bridge carries Redding Road over the West Branch of the Nezinscot River. The bridge will close on July 15th. Redding Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge for no longer than 75 days. There will be a detour of several miles. The contractor on this work is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. out of Richmond. We expect the bridge replacement to be finished in November.

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7/1/2019: Work on Topsfield Bridges

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


TOPSFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges in the Town of Topsfield in Washington County. The Farrow Lake Stream Bridge carries Route 6 over Deadman Stream, and the Flood Brook Bridge carries Route 6 over Flood Brook. Drivers should expect a one-lane alternating traffic pattern during the replacement of the Farrow Lake Stream Bridge. The culvert lining work on the Flood Brook Bridge will create minor traffic delays. This project is expected to be finished by mid-November. The contractor on this work is Soderberg Construction out of Caribou.

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6/25/2019: Bridge Replacement Work in Embden

MaineDOT

News Release for June 25, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EMBDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing Hancock Bridge, which carries Embden Pond Road over Hancock Brook in Embden. Work began this week, but construction that will impact traffic will be happening later this summer. Drivers should expect an alternating one-way traffic pattern from August 5th to September 24th. Also, a temporary bypass road will be constructed downstream from the existing bridge to keep traffic moving during the bridge construction. We expect all project work to be finished by October 19th. The contractor on this work is Gordon Contracting of Sangerville.

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6/24/2019: Paving Work in North Berwick and Wells

MaineDOT

News Release for June 24, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


YORK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is making improvements to Routes 9 and 109 in North Berwick and Wells. Paving work will be happening from the intersection of Route 9 and Portland Street in North Berwick to the intersection of Routes 9 and 109 in Wells. A second work area in Wells will begin a half-mile east of the intersection of Routes 9 and 109 and continue east to the intersection of Route 109 and Chapel Road. In addition to paving work, crews will also be working to improve signage, curbing, and drainage. Drivers should expect some lane closures and shifts. All work will be done at night. Pike Industries is the contractor on this work, which is scheduled to be finished by August 14th.

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6/20/2019: Route 3 Reconstruction in Bar Harbor Nearing Completion

MaineDOT

News Release for June 20, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BAR HARBOR - On June 21st, the Maine Department of Transportation plans to end the one-way detour that has been part of the traffic management plan for the reconstruction of Route 3 in Bar Harbor. As long as the weather cooperates, the normal two-way flow of traffic will resume by the end of the work day on Friday. The one-way detour loop has been in effect during most of the active months of the project. This approach was chosen to minimize the congestion that can occur when two-way traffic is impacted by lane closures.

Senior Project Manager Rhobe Moulton said, "This week, with paving complete, we've been painting striping and traffic symbols along the entire length of the project. Crews have been seeding and mulching loamed areas, and weve been working on the landscaping near the West Street intersection." Moulton added that construction and detour signage will be removed along the project and the Park Loop Road.

With these steps and with only some final finishing touches remaining MaineDOT and its contractors will meet the goal of completing the reconstruction of Route 3 in June and prior to the start of the busy summer travel season. The benefits of this project include:

  • Paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Several new sidewalks and sidewalk improvements to meet ADA standards
  • Safer crossings with electronic crossing signs
  • A new multi-use path along part of the project span
  • Where possible, a three-foot-wide esplanade added between sidewalk/multi-use path and the road
  • New bus turnouts
  • New rock catchment area along the bluffs
  • Upgraded intersection of Mount Desert and West Streets
  • Improved drainage and runoff management
  • New road surface and striping

MaineDOT appreciates the partnership with community and business leaders in the careful planning for this project. Throughout the reconstruction of Route 3, access to businesses and residences was maintained, and MaineDOT encouraged Bar Harbor area residents and drivers to stay informed by visiting MaineDOT.gov and by signing up for email alerts. MaineDOT and its contractors also thank drivers for their cooperation and safe driving in the work zones of this project.

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6/19/2019: Bridge Replacement Work in Industry

MaineDOT

News Release for June 19, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


INDUSTRY - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Sawyer Bridge in Industry. Sawyer Bridge carries Shaw Hill Road over the Falls Brook. Workers will remove the existing bridge structure and install a new, precast concrete structure. Traffic will be detoured between June 24th and August 31st. The length of the detour is approximately six miles. CPM Constructors of Freeport is the contractor on this work, which is scheduled to be finished by October 18th.

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6/18/2019: Work on Historic Bridge in Kingfield

MaineDOT

News Release for June 18, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KINGFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin work to replace the surface of the historic Centennial Bridge in Kingfield on June 24th. The Centennial Bridge carries Route 16 over the Carrabassett River. During construction, smaller vehicles will encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern on the bridge. Larger vehicles (trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles) will need to follow a significant detour along Routes 27 and 234. Signage will alert drivers to the route. The bridge sidewalk will remain open throughout the work. The end of Maple Street will be closed during construction; drivers should use Stanley Avenue instead. Multiple parking spots along Route 27 will be affected; municipal parking spots will remain available on either side of Main Street. Ranger Contracting Inc. out of Fairfield is the contractor on this work, which is expected to take approximately two months.

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6/17/2019: I-295 Overnight Closures This Week for Bridge Work in Falmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FALMOUTH - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing both sides of I-295 just south of Exit 10 in Falmouth during certain overnight hours this week to accommodate bridge work at Lunt Road. The complete closures will be happening Monday through Thursday, between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Signs will direct drivers to alternate routes. Individual lane closures may begin as early as 10:00 p.m. each night, including Thursday night into Friday morning. Lunt Road will also be closed during overnight hours this week, beginning at 10:00 p.m. As with all work, we remind drivers to be careful when they are approaching and passing through construction areas. Stay in your lane, and obey work zone speed limits.

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6/17/2019: Part of New Presque Isle Bypass Will Open This Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PRESQUE ISLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will open part of the new Presque Isle Bypass to traffic on Thursday morning. The 1.7-mile stretch of road connects Conant Road to Fort Fairfield Road. This connection will help commercial vehicles avoid traveling through downtown Presque Isle.

Construction on this part of the multi-phase project started in 2016. The total estimated project costs of Phase I are $16.82 million. The federal government provided 80 percent of the funding for this work, and the state provided the remaining 20 percent. The contractor on this work was Ed Pelletier & Sons Co. out of Madawaska.

The Presque Isle Bypass project includes two other phases. Phase II is currently in the design phase. The 5.9-mile route for Phase II has been finalized and will run from Route 1 in the southern part of Presque Isle to Route 10 in Easton. Timelines for the completions of Phases II and III are heavily dependent on the availability of funding.

Please contact Paul Merrill for pictures of this work.

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6/14/2019: Route 1 Bridge Work in Machias

MaineDOT

News Release for June 14, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


MACHIAS - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the surface of the bridge that carries Route 1 over the Machias River in the Town of Machias. The project area runs between the intersections of Route 1 and O'Brien Ave. and Water St. Work will begin on the night of Sunday, June 16th. This project is scheduled to last no more than two weeks; it will be done by July 7th at the latest. All work will be night work done between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Drivers should expect alternating, one-way traffic during construction times. The contractor for this work is Gordon Contracting of Sangerville.

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6/13/2019: Paving Work on Route 25 in Gorham and Westbrook

MaineDOT

News Release for June 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting paving work alone Route 25 (Main Street) in Gorham and Westbrook. This project will involve improvements to traffic signals, drainage, water mains, and safety. The work may begin as soon as Friday, June 14th. Its anticipated completion date is August 1st, 2020. The project area begins where Route 25 intersects with Cressey Road in Gorham and extends east for approximately five miles, ending at the southeasternmost intersection of Route 25 and Conant Street in Westbrook. Two-way traffic will be maintained during daytime hours. There will be one-way, alternating traffic during some night work. All milling and paving work will be done at night. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is the contractor on this project.

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6/13/2019: I-95 and Piscataqua River Bridge Work Update

MaineDOT

News Release for June 13, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin making traffic changes to accommodate work on the I-95 Piscataqua River bridge, Maine's vital connection to New Hampshire and the rest of New England.

The I-95 Exit 1 southbound on-ramp at Dennett Road in Kittery will be closed to facilitate construction activities beginning Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Southbound lane closures on the bridge will begin the week of June 17th. Those closures will happen between 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. At least two lanes of traffic will be open until 10:00 p.m. each night. Single-lane traffic will only be happening after 10:00 p.m.

The contractor will be narrowing lanes from Exit 2 in Maine across the bridge to the New Hampshire side. Crews will also be installing temporary concrete barriers to close the shoulder on the Maine approach to the bridge.

Most importantly, were asking drivers to be attentive and careful. Please stay in your lane and obey the work zone speed limit (55 mph) as you pass our crews. Stay focused on the road and dont rubberneck. Drivers should also stay on I-95 and avoid taking detours onto local roads. The bridge is going to be your best option for smooth and safe travel through Kittery.

This work is part of "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Get updates by following Maine Ahead News on Facebook and Twitter and by visiting buildingabettergateway.com.

There is a community meeting regarding this project scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th at the Kittery Community Center.

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6/12/2019: Work on I-95 in Waterville Today

MaineDOT

News Release for June 12, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation is repairing pavement on the northbound side of I-95 in Waterville today. The work will be taking place in the driving lane on the bridge that crosses Webb Road between mile markers 125 and 126.

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5/28/2019: Brush Clearing Work Along I-95 Between Augusta and Clinton

MaineDOT

News Release for May 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin removing brush and trees along the northbound and southbound sides of I-95 between Augusta and Clinton on June 3rd. This work is being done to provide better visibility that should minimize animal and vehicle crashes as well as to let additional sunlight hit the road during and after snowstorms. The clearing along the sides of the interstate, in the median, and along the ramps will be happening in Augusta, Sidney, Waterville, Fairfield, Benton, and Clinton. This work will continue through parts of this summer with an end date of June 15th, 2020. There will be no lane closures in July and August, but some lane closures may happen in June and after Labor Day. The contractor for this work is Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc. out of South China.

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5/28/2019: Route 4 Road and Bridge Work in Franklin County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing highway reconstruction and bridge replacement work along Route 4 in Franklin County. This project will complete the unbuilt sections of Route 4 from Farmington to Rangeley. The work starts at Dill Bridge in Phillips and extends nearly five miles northwest on Route 4 into Madrid Township. This work affects four bridges that carry Route 4 over the Sandy River. Crews will be replacing the Weymouth and Wing Bridges. They will be replacing the surfaces of the Dill and Meeting Place Bridges. The Weymouth and Wing Bridge replacements will require temporary detours and alternating one-way traffic patterns. Construction on this project is expected to take three seasons to complete. Work is scheduled to begin on June 10th, 2019 and finish by June 30th, 2021. The contractor on this project is E.L. Vining & Son out of Farmington.

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5/24/2019: Bridge Painting in Hancock and Washington Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HANCOCK AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be painting bridges in Hancock and Washington Counties. The Hancock County bridge carriers Route 3 over the Mt. Desert Narrows between Trenton and Bar Harbor. The Washington County bridge carries Route 169 over the Baskahegan Stream between T8 R4 NBPP and Danforth. The work is scheduled to begin on June 3rd and be complete by November 15th. The Hancock County work will result in traffic lanes being shifted in June and July. The Washington County work will require a single lane closure with alternating one-way traffic during the day. The contractor on this work is Monoko out of Tarpron Springs, Florida.

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5/23/2019: Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory Will Open May 24th

MaineDOT

News Release for May 23, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PROSPECT - The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory will open for the season tomorrow. The Maine Department of Transportation had delayed the opening late last month after a valve failed during an inspection of the observatory's fire suppression system. We had to special-order a replacement valve. MaineDOTs top priority at the observatory is the safety of our workers and guests. We're glad we can open the site before Memorial Day weekend, and we thank our guests for their patience.

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5/23/2019: Route 2 Road Reconstruction in Dyer Brook

MaineDOT

News Release for May 23, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DYER BROOK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing road reconstruction work on a section of Route 2 in Dyer Brook. The work area begins a little bit more than two miles north of Pond Road and extends approximately a mile and a half north to Keith Brook Road. Crews may institute an alternating one-way traffic pattern during their work. This project is scheduled to begin on May 28th and end on November 1st. McGillan Construction of Fort Fairfield is the contractor on this job.

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5/22/2019: Route 3 Paving Work in Kennebec County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 22, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing pavement preservation work on a 13-mile stretch of Route 3 in Kennebec County. The project area begins just east of Church Hill Road in Augusta and extends northeast through Vassalboro and into China. Some night work is being allowed on this project. All States Asphalt of Richmond is doing the work, which is scheduled to be finished by July 15th.

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5/22/2019: Route 3 Construction To Pause for Memorial Day Weekend

MaineDOT

News Release for May 22, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BAR HARBOR - MaineDOT is announcing today that the reconstruction of Route 3 north of Bar Harbor will pause for the Memorial Day weekend. Contractors will suspend road work at the end of the day on Thursday, May 23rd. Work will resume on Tuesday morning, May 28th. A one-way detour loop will remain in effect throughout the holiday weekend with traffic inbound to Bar Harbor on Route 3 and outbound detoured to Park Loop Road.

MaineDOT senior project manager Rhobe Moulton stated, "As long as the weather cooperates, we are on track to wrap up this project as planned by mid-June in time for the busy summer season. Right now, we are placing loam along the project route, getting ready to pave the stretch from Pirates Cove Golf Course to the Acadia National Park entrance, and paving sidewalks." In addition, MaineDOT is reporting that landscaping is being done from College of the Atlantic to Eagle Lake Road.

Access to all businesses and attractions along Route 3 is being maintained throughout the construction. MaineDOT says ample signage is in place to assist drivers and the one-way detour loop is well-marked.

When completed, the reconstruction of Route 3 will result in paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians as well as some new sidewalks with existing sidewalks upgraded to meet ADA standards. There will be safer crossings utilizing electronic crossing signs, a new multi-use path along part of the roadway, and an improved intersection at Mt. Desert and West Streets.

MaineDOT invites Bar Harbor area residents, visitors, and drivers to stay informed during the final weeks of the project by visiting mainedot.gov and by signing up for email alerts.

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5/17/2019: Paving Work on Routes 201 and 2 in Somerset County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 17, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOMERSET COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting paving work on Routes 201 and 2 in the Somerset County towns of Fairfield, Skowhegan, and Norridgewock. The work area begins in Fairfield a little bit more than one mile north of Western Avenue and extends north/northwest on Route 201 for nearly 14 miles to the intersection of Route 104 in Skowhegan. The project area then extends west on Route 2 into Norridgewock for approximately five miles. Drivers should expect occasional one-lane alternative traffic patterns. Some work will be done at night. This project is scheduled to begin on May 20th and be finished by October 7th. The contractor for this job is Pike Industries of Fairfield.

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5/16/2019: Route 237 Paving Work in Gorham

MaineDOT

News Release for May 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GORHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation is planning to do paving and sidewalk-improvement work on Route 237 (Mosher Road) in Gorham. The project begins one-third of a mile north of Queen Street and extends north to the Route 202 intersection. Drivers should anticipate one-way alternating traffic during daytime construction activities. Glidden Excavating & Paving, Inc. of Gorham is the contractor on this project, which is scheduled to begin on May 20th and be finished by June 21st.

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5/16/2019: I-95 Paving Work in Penobscot and Aroostook Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for May 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PENOBSCOT AND AROOSTOOK COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting paving work on the northbound side of I-95 in Penobscot and Aroostook Counties. The work area begins in Herseytown Township and extends nearly 49 miles east to Houlton and the Canadian border. During work hours, traffic will be reduced to one lane and the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph. Ramp closures for milling and paving work will happen overnight. All States Asphalt, Inc. of Sunderland, Massachusetts is the contractor on this work, which is expected to continue through October 2nd.

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5/16/2019: Route 2 Paving Work in Somerset County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOMERSET COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work on Route 2 in the Somerset County towns of Canaan and Pittsfield. The project begins at the intersection of Routes 2 and 23 in Canaan and extends east for more than six miles. It ends just west of Phillips Corner Road in Pittsfield. Crews will alternate one-way traffic during this work. Pike Industries of Fairfield is the contractor on this project, which is scheduled to be finished by June 30th.

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5/14/2019: Paving Work To Begin in Downtown Hallowell

MaineDOT

News Release for May 14, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HALLOWELL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be paving Water Street in Hallowell next week. This will be one of the final steps in MaineDOT's downtown revitalization project.

The work will begin on Monday, May 20th and last four days. Crews will begin work at daybreak and plan to finish by 3:00 p.m. As with all outdoor work, this paving is dependent on the weather.

The work will be done in two segments: from the Winthrop Street intersection south to Temple Street and from the Winthrop Street intersection north to the railroad trestle. On May 20th, contractors plan to start paving from the granite crosswalk at the intersection of Water and Winthrop Streets south to just beyond Temple Street. On Tuesday, crews will perform the same operation on the other side of Water Street. On Wednesday and Thursday, the contractor will pave from the north side of the granite crosswalk at Winthrop Street to the end of the project near the railroad trestle. MaineDOT is requesting no parking on either side of the parts of Water Street that are being paved on any given day.

MaineDOT feels this is the quickest and safest operation schedule while still producing a quality product. As always, please be attentive and safe when passing through our work zones.

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5/9/2019: Revisions to Construction Advertising Schedule

MaineDOT

News Release for May 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - As the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) indicated last week, it is revising its Construction Advertising Schedule. This is part of MaineDOT's efforts to reconcile surging construction costs with available funding.

Last week, we announced that we were making a course correction. We rejected bids on three projects because the bids had greatly exceeded our anticipated costs. Since then, we have seen bids come in significantly higher: on average, about 30 percent higher than last year. Estimates had already been increased by 10 percent in January 2019.

On Friday, we invited our industry partners to join us for a conversation about what has been driving this superheated bidding environment. Our conversation with these contractors was helpful. They confirmed that the shortage of workers is a primary cause. They are our partners in this, and we continue to have an open dialogue with them.

Prudent fiscal management requires us to make this revision. We cannot pay the prices we have been seeing.

As part of this course correction, we have rejected bids already received on the following project because the low bid was more than double our estimate:

Portland, South Portland, and Falmouth - I-295 and portions of the Falmouth Spur and ramps planned $9.8M Scope of work: Road resurfacing and bridge joint replacement

Additionally, the following 11 projects that were due to go out to bid this year, totaling $45.5M as estimated in January 2019, have been removed from MaineDOTs Construction Advertising Schedule. This represents 11.6 percent of the value of projects that were originally planned to go out to bid this year.

Portland India Street planned $0.4M Scope of work: Road resurfacing Bangor Ohio Street, I-95 Bridge planned $6.2M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Abbot Route 6 planned $7.1M Scope of work: Nearly 3 miles of road reconstruction Waterville Trafton Road planned $3.7M Scope of work: About 1.3 miles of road rehabilitation Brewer Wilson Street, I-395 Bridge planned $11.9M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Van Buren Route 1 planned $7.9M Scope of work: 2.74 miles of road reconstruction Hampden Twin Bridge over Soundabscook Stream planned $1.3M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Auburn Taylor Brook Bridge planned $1.7M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Belfast Sheldon Bridge planned $0.7M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Belfast Goose River Bridge planned $2.4M Scope of work: Bridge replacement Fort Kent Perley Brook Bridge planned $2.2M Scope of work: Bridge replacement

Every project in MaineDOTs plan represents needed work; there are no easy choices. Projects removed from the advertisement schedule for this year are being selected based upon several factors including safety and customer impacts, highway priority, asset condition, the extent of the bid overages in projects of that type, and the lack of bidding competition.

Most projects cut from the Construction Advertisement Schedule will be performed in future years, but that is not guaranteed, especially in the case of highway reconstruction and new alignment projects. Further, MaineDOT must reserve the right to reject bids on the projects being advertised if bids come in too high. All projects will be reviewed as we assemble our next three-year Work Plan to be published in early 2020 in the context of available revenue, system needs, and bidding climate.

We pride ourselves on our reliable delivery of work. To be reliable, we need to make sure we live within available funding and ensure that taxpayers are receiving good value for their investment.

View our updated Construction Advertisement Plan here: www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/advertise/plan/

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5/8/2019: Work To Begin on Route 26 in Oxford County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 8, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


OXFORD COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin paving work on Routes 26 and 117 in Norway, Paris, and West Paris on May 13th. Crews will be improving the road surface and drainage. The work on Route 26 begins a half-mile north of Main Street in Norway and extends almost 11 miles north, through Paris and West Paris, ending at the Woodstock town line. Crews will also be working on short segments of Route 117 in South Paris. This will be day and night work. Drivers should expect delays and try to use alternate routes. Pike Industries of Fairfield is the contractor on this job, which is expected to be finished by the end of September.

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5/7/2019: Route 192 Bridge Replacement in Northfield

MaineDOT

News Release for May 7, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


NORTHFIELD - On May 20th, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the bridge that carries Route 192 (Northfield Road) over Bog Stream in Northfield. The work area is about two miles south of the Wesley town line. We expect a short traffic detour during the summer months. The contractor for this job is Sargent Corporation of Old Town. The completion date for this project is May 29th, 2020, but the contractor may be done nine months early by September 20th, 2019.

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5/6/2019: Paving Work in Franklin and Oxford Counties

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN AND OXFORD COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting paving work and guardrail improvements on Routes 4, 140, and 17 in Franklin and Oxford Counties. This work will require alternating one-way traffic from Monday through Saturday. The specific work areas are as follows: Route 4 from the intersection of Route 2 in Wilton south into Jay to just beyond the light at Riley Road, Route 140 from the intersection of Route 108 in Canton to the intersection of Route 219 in Hartford, and Route 17 from the intersection of Route 2 in Wilton southeast through Dixfield to Route 4 in Jay. Pike Industries of Fairfield is the contractor on the job, which is expected to be finished by August 4th.

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5/3/2019: Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory Opening Update

MaineDOT

News Release for May 3, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PROSPECT - The opening of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory will be delayed for several weeks. The observatory's fire suppression system needs to be fully operational before the Maine Department of Transportation can open the observatory to the public. A valve on that fire suppression system failed, so we have ordered a replacement, but the part needs to be specially constructed for us. We hope to be able to open the observatory by Memorial Day weekend.

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5/3/2019: Paving Work To Continue on I-95 Between Fairfield and Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for May 3, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing paving work on the southbound side of I-95 between Fairfield and Waterville. Some daytime work will require lane closures on both the southbound and northbound sides. Night work will close exit ramps on the southbound side at Exit 133 from Sunday night into Monday morning, at Exit 132 from Monday night into Tuesday morning, and at Exit 130 from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Drivers should use alternate exits. Also, we will be using message boards to alert drivers of the construction. This work is dependent on the weather. Pike Industries of Fairfield is the contractor on this work, which is expected to be complete by May 10th.

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5/2/2019: Paving Work on Route 3 in Bar Harbor

MaineDOT

News Release for May 2, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BAR HARBOR - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 3 in Bar Harbor during the first few weeks of this month. We will be reinstating the one-way detour that uses Park Loop Road. Access to all homes and businesses along Route 3 will be maintained throughout the paving process.

Most recently, crews have been working on curbing near the Acadia National Park entrance and around Sand Point Road. They have also been working to widen the shoulders at the end of Sand Point Road. Also, crews are working to improve drainage. We are building ADA-compliant ramps at various locations along the project route.

Most of the project work is on track to be finished in June unless weather affects our schedule. The reconstruction of Route 3 will result in an improved roadway, paved shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians, new sidewalks, and many other important upgrades.

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4/30/2019: Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory Opening Delayed

MaineDOT

News Release for April 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


PROSPECT - The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory season opening will be delayed. The Maine Department of Transportation had hoped to open the observatory for the season on May 1st. A malfunctioning fire suppression system is forcing us to delay the opening by at least several days. We hope to have the observatory open by next week.

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4/30/2019: Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Project Public Workshop

MaineDOT

News Release for April 30, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


The Maine Department of Transportation will be holding a public workshop in Portland this evening to discuss the upcoming I-295 Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Project. This is part of an ongoing effort to engage the public. The purpose of this workshop is to solicit meaningful public input and feedback regarding project design and implementation.

The Veranda Street Bridge is nearing its 60th year of service. The structure needs to be replaced. Also, the roadway configuration beneath the bridge is confusing and contributes to a high number of crashes. This project aims to increase safety and mobility both on the interstate and the roads underneath it.

To minimize traffic impacts, this project will use Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). Crews will close part of I-295 in Portland in the spring of 2021 for one weekend to accommodate the complete removal and replacement of the bridge deck over Veranda Street.

MaineDOT's partners for this project include HNTB, a Westbrook firm that is part of the design team, and the City of Portland, which is designing and funding the development of the green space near the project.

At the public workshop, which begins at 5:00 p.m., representatives from MaineDOT, HNTB, and the City of Portland will be available to discuss topics that include design, construction, safety, traffic, and bicyclist/pedestrian access.

MaineDOT expects to put the Veranda Street Bridge construction work out to bid in 2020 with construction beginning later that year. Our target time for the bridge closure weekend is spring of 2021. Work should be complete by late summer 2021. The cost of construction is estimated at $14 million.

More information about the project is available here: www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/portland/verandastreetbridge/

Here is a link to a video of ABC bridge replacement work HNTB did in New York in 2013: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuPQxvkETrI&feature=youtu.be

Please contact Paul Merrill for fact sheets about the Veranda Street project and HNTB's previous ABC replacement work in New York.

WHERE: Casco Bay Room; Holiday Inn by the Bay; 88 Spring St. in Portland

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30th - 4:00 p.m. Open House; 5:00 p.m. Workshop

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4/29/2019: Washington County Route 9 Work Continues

MaineDOT

News Release for April 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing preservation work on Route 9 in Washington County. Crews had about one month more of work to finish after the winter. The construction period extends along nearly 18 miles of Route 9. The work area begins along the border of T30 MD BPP and T24 MD BPP, goes east through Day Block Township, continues through Wesley, and ends in T26 ED BPP. Daily lane closures are expected during daylight hours from Monday through Saturday. Northeast Paving of Eurovia is doing the work, which is expected to be finished by May 25th.

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4/29/2019: Route 4 Paving Work

MaineDOT

News Release for April 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting milling and paving work on Route 4 in Androscoggin County. The work area begins in Auburn just north of Fair Street. It extends more than 17 miles north, through Turner, and ends just north of Church Street in Livermore. Crews may restrict travel to alternating one-way traffic during the construction period. Northeast Paving of Lewiston is the contractor doing the work, which is expected to be finished by May 19th.

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4/29/2019: Aroostook County Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for April 29, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ISLAND FALLS - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting bridge work in the Aroostook County town of Island Falls. Crews will be replacing the deck and repairing the substructure of the Randall Bridge, which carries Old Patten Road over the Mattawamkeag River. The bridge is just north of the Route 159 junction. During this work, traffic will be detoured using Shur Road. Northeast Paving of Presque Isle is the contractor on this job. The work is expected to be finished by November 15th.

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4/26/2019: Wiscasset Route 1 Downtown Update

MaineDOT

News Release for April 26, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Week of April 28th through May 4th

Beginning Tuesday night (April 30th), the contractor will begin milling operations on Main Street in Wiscasset. Milling will start at the bridge and proceed westerly to the end of the project. The contractor will mill the majority of the asphalt, leaving approximately one inch for drivers. Milling operations will continue on Main Street and Water Street (north) until this phase is complete; we expect this phase to take two or three days.

Week of May 5th through May 11th

Beginning on Sunday night (May 5th), the contractor will begin excavating Main Street. Crews will remove approximately two feet of dirt and replace it with new subbase gravel. The contractor will begin at the railroad tracks and proceed westerly. During the week, the contractor hopes to excavate from the railroad tracks to Walker Street. Excavation and gravel operations should happen on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. Fine grading is expected to happen on Wednesday night. Placement of the new asphalt base is expected to happen on Thursday night.

Week of May 12th through May 18th

During the week of May 12th, the contractor will continue the excavation of Main Street from Water Street to Middle Street. Excavation and gravel operations will happen on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. Fine grading will happen on Wednesday night. Asphalt base placement will happen on Thursday night.

Week of May 19th through May 25th

During the week of May 19th, the contractor will continue will the same procedure on Main Street from Middle Street to Federal Street and the end of the project.

Barring any bad weather, breakdowns, or unforeseen discoveries under the roadway, the Town of Wiscasset and the travelling public will have the first layer of new pavement in place on Main Street by Memorial Day weekend.

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4/25/2019: Route 1 Exit Ramp Work in South Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for April 25, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SOUTH PORTLAND - Maine Department of Transportation workers will be repairing a bridge joint on the Route 1 South exit ramp from the Veterans Memorial Bridge leading to Main Street on Monday, April 29th. The exit ramp bridge crosses over I-295. The ramp will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until the work is finished later in the day. A message board will advise drivers of the closure and direct traffic to use Exit 3 off I-295 as an alternate route.

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4/18/2019: Road Repair To Begin in Guilford

MaineDOT

News Release for April 18, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


GUILFORD - On April 29th, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin road work on Water Street (Routes 6 and 15) in the Town of Guilford in Piscataquis County. The work will extend from where Water Street meets High Street to the intersection of Sebec Shore Road. Crews will be resurfacing the road, reconstructing sidewalk ramps, and replacing guard rails. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane during working hours. Northeast Paving of Hampden is the contractor. The work is expected to be finished by June 1st.

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4/17/2019: New Travel Signs Will Help Motorists Save Time

MaineDOT

News Release for April 17, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


As the peak summer travel season approaches, the Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Turnpike Authority are working to help members of the traveling public make good decisions based on real-time data.

We are installing new travel signs along I-95 and I-295. These signs will share traffic information with motorists based on data that are collected anonymously from various mobile devices along the two interstates. This initiative is part of a national trend to use intelligent transportation systems to improve safety and mobility.

There will be 10 signs in total. Two signs on the Turnpike (in York and Wells) and four signs on I-295 (in Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Topsham) will display various destinations with the number of miles and the number of minutes it will take motorists to reach those destinations. Three signs on the Turnpike (in Saco, Scarborough, and Farmingdale) and one on I-295 (in Cumberland) will be located near where I-95 and I-295 connect; those signs will display the expected delays, if any, along those interstate corridors to help drivers choose the faster route.

The contractor doing the work is Liddell Brothers Inc. of Halifax, MA. The installation of the new signs is almost complete. We will be running tests before the signs are fully operational.

Attached, you will find pictures of three of the real-time travel signs (in York, Cumberland, and Yarmouth).

Note for crews looking to get pictures and/or video of the new signs:

The contractor will be working today at mile marker 6 on the southbound side of the Turnpike in York. There are also wider shoulders near the signs at mile marker 15 on the northbound side of I-295 in Yarmouth and at mile marker 38 on the northbound side of the Turnpike in Scarborough.

Interview availability:

MaineDOT State Traffic Engineer Steve Landry will be available for interviews today between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at MaineDOT headquarters in Augusta. Please contact Paul Merrill at 207-215-9297 for scheduling.

MTA Director of Public Safety Greg Stone will be available for interviews today at MTA headquarters in Portland. Please contact Erin Courtney at 207-513-2982 for scheduling.

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4/16/2019: Bridge Closure in Camden

MaineDOT

News Release for April 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


CAMDEN - On April 18th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the Rawson Avenue Bridge in the Town of Camden. The bridge was constructed in 1935 and crosses the Megunticook River. A team of bridge engineers evaluated the structure in March and determined that its advanced deterioration makes fixing it impractical. The bridge will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic until the structure is removed. Traffic can bypass the bridge by taking Ames Terrace to Route 105. The detour is less than a quarter of a mile.

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4/16/2019: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Inspection Work

MaineDOT

News Release for April 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


DEER ISLE-SEDGWICK TOWN LINE - On April 29th, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin inspection work on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge. The bridge carries Route 15 over Eggemoggin Reach. The inspection work will require alternating single lane closures with flaggers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. TranSystems of Boston is consulting with MaineDOT on this project. The inspection work is expected to be finished by May 24th.

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4/16/2019: Roundabout Construction in Standish

MaineDOT

News Release for April 16, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


STANDISH - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Route 25, Manchester Road, and Saco Road in Standish. The goal of the project is to alleviate congestion on Manchester and Saco Roads. Daily lane closures will require alternating traffic patterns. The contractor doing the work is R.J. Grondin & Sons of Gorham. The project is expected to be finished by August 23rd.

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4/12/2019: Bridge Replacement Work in Aroostook County

MaineDOT

News Release for April 12, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


HODGDON - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the Hodgdon Mills Bridge in the Town of Hodgdon in Aroostook County on April 15th. The work area will extend approximately 500 feet from the existing bridge in both directions (north and south). Workers will construct a temporary bridge structure just upstream from the existing bridge to help with temporary traffic detours. The contractor doing the work is Northeast Paving of Presque Isle. The estimated completion date of this work is June 20th, 2020.

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4/9/2019: Paving Work on I-95 Southbound between Fairfield and Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for April 9, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin paving work on the southbound side of I-95 between Fairfield and Waterville on Sunday, April 14th. The work will provide a smoother driving surface and better drainage. Single lane closures are expected on the southbound side of the interstate throughout the work. Southbound passing lane work may also require occasional single lane closures on the northbound side of I-95 as well. On- and off-ramp work will be done at night. Exit 133 ramps on the southbound side will be closed between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15th. Exit 132 ramps on the southbound side will be close between 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16th. Exit 130 ramps on the southbound side will be closed between 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16th and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17th. Motorists should use other exit ramps to enter or exit the interstate during those overnight construction periods. Message boards will alert travelers about the work, which is expected to be finished by May 16th. The contractor is Pike Industries of Fairfield.

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4/5/2019: Surface Work on I-195 in Saco

MaineDOT

News Release for April 5, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


SACO - The Maine Department of Transportation is working to improve parts of I-195 in Saco. The work is focused between the I-195 tollbooths and Exit 2B. Crews are replacing the surfaces of the two bridges over Route 1 and the two bridges over Industrial Park Road. Motorists should expect lane shifts during the construction. Crews will also be working underneath the bridges at night. The night work may require alternating traffic patterns. Gordon Contracting of Sangerville is doing the work, which is expected to be finished by June 27th.

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4/5/2019: Work To Resume on Routes 8 and 11 in Belgrade

MaineDOT

News Release for April 5, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


BELGRADE - On April 8th, the Maine Department of Transportation will resume road construction and paving work on Routes 8 and 11 in Belgrade. The construction area begins at the intersection of Route 27 and continues approximately three miles northeast to the intersection of Route 8 in North Belgrade. Motorists should expect short delays because traffic will be restricted to one lane during the construction period. The contractor doing the work is Pike Industries, Inc. The work is expected to be finished by June 13th.

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4/5/2019: Route 302 Road and Bridge Construction in Fryeburg

MaineDOT

News Release for April 5, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


FRYEBURG - The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting road reconstruction and bridge replacement work along Route 302 in Fryeburg. The work begins at the New Hampshire state line and runs for more than four miles along Route 302, skipping a mile and a half of Fryeburg's downtown business district. Traffic will be restricted to one lane on the bridges. The contractor doing the work is Reed & Reed. The project is expected to be finished by August 30th, 2020.

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4/4/2019: Route 1 Road Construction in Washington County

MaineDOT

News Release for April 4, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


WASHINGTON COUNTY - Beginning on April 8th, the Maine Department of Transportation will be doing road reconstruction and rehabilitation work to improve safety on Route 1 in the towns of Jonesboro, Whitneyville, and Machias in Washington County. The work will be from a point just north of the Whitneyville Road and extend a little more than three miles north to a point just past the Whitneyville/Machias town line. Lane restrictions are expected to create minor delays between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. The contractor for the project is Eurovia, formerly The Lane Construction Corporation. The project is expected to be finished by June 29th, 2019.

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4/4/2019: Bridge Construction Work in Andover

MaineDOT

News Release for April 4, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


ANDOVER - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing bridge work on Route 120 in Andover in Oxford County. The bridge crosses the West Branch Ellis River. Traffic across the bridge will be restricted to one lane during the construction. The work is being done by CPM Constructors of Freeport and is expected to be finished by November 14th.

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4/4/2019: Route 11 Bridge Construction in Piscataquis County

MaineDOT

News Release for April 4, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


EBEEMEE TOWNSHIP - On April 8th, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin working to replace the Station 350 Bridge that carries Route 11 over the East Branch Pleasant River in Ebeemee Township in Piscataquis County. Traffic on Route 11 will be restricted to one lane during the bridge deck replacement and pier rehabilitation work. BMB Construction of Holden will be doing the work, which is expected to be finished by October 31st.

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3/25/2019: Bridge Replacement - Sapling TWP

MaineDOT

News Release for March 25, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Sapling TWP - Starting on April 1st, a bridge in Sapling TWP (Somerset County) that carries Rt.s 6/15 over the Central Maine & Quebec Railway line is being removed and replaced. The work will necessitate a slight detour; traffic will be diverted to the east side of the construction site and an at-grade railroad crossing with signals will be constructed to carry the detoured traffic over the rail lines.

The bridge replacement is being performed by T Buck Construction, Inc. of Turner and is expected to be complete by June of 2020.

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3/25/2019: Roadwork to Resume in Belgrade Village

MaineDOT

News Release for March 25, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Belgrade - Work has once again begun on Rt. 27 in Belgrade Village. The work started today is expected to be completed by June 28, 2019. Should delays occur, the completion date will be pushed to October 19, 2019. No work will be allowed in the months of July and August and work will be suspended over Memorial Day Weekend.

Work includes completion of the closed drainage system of pipes and catch basins on both sides of the road which was begun last year; excavating the roadway, replacing the gravel base and placement of asphalt; installation of granite curb, building sidewalks and grading slopes behind the sidewalks; matching drives to new roadway pavement; installing pedestrian lighting and the planting of trees and shrubs.

Work originally started on the project in April of 2018 with removal of trees; work was suspended on June 30. Construction work resumed September 4, 2018 and continued until December 27, 2018 when winter suspension began.

The location of this project is narrow, especially at the bridge on the northern end. The contractor will use flaggers to control one-way alternating traffic. Eleven-foot lanes will be maintained at all times. Wider loads should be rerouted. Work is being performed by Pratt & Sons, Inc. of Mechanic Falls.

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2/22/2019: Preferred Alternative Selected for Falls Bridge in Blue Hill

MaineDOT

News Release for February 22, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Augusta - Over the past twenty months, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and a local Bridge Advisory Committee have reviewed alternatives for the renewal of the Route 175 crossing over the Salt Pond in Blue Hill.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the MaineDOT, FHWA and the eleven-member Bridge Advisory Committee established a purpose and need statement for the project and identified and investigated rehabilitation of the existing Falls Bridge, replacement of the bridge on its current alignment, and construction of a new bridge at an alternate location over the Salt Pond. In addition, the team explored various construction and maintenance of traffic methods, identified site safety needs for commuters and pedestrian traffic and discussed the potential impacts to archaeological, historical and environmental resources.

After a thorough investigation of options, including rehabilitation of the existing Falls Bridge, the preferred alternative is to replace the existing Falls Bridge superstructure with an enhanced girder bridge superstructure. The existing stacked stone substructure will remain and will be rehabilitated to include new cast-in-place bridge seats and new roadway approach knee walls to assist in raising the bridge and road profile to accommodate sea level rise and improve traveling conditions.

To limit site impacts, a temporary bridge will not be used to maintain traffic through the project site, rather, accelerated bridge construction methods will be used along with a short-term road closure of up to sixty days with traffic detoured around the project site on State Routes 172 & 175 during bridge removal and replacement.

During the process to identify the preferred alternative, the Department weighed heavily upon impacts to historical, archaeological, and natural resources within the project limits, as well as issues identified in the Purpose and Need statement such as commuter and pedestrian safety during and after construction, impacts to commuting traffic and local businesses and construction cost and service life cost.

The rehabilitation alternative was not selected because it has substantially higher construction and service life costs than the replacement alternative and only provides a 50-year life expectancy compared to a 100-year life expectancy for replacement.
In preferring to construct a new enhanced girder bridge instead of a new tied arch bridge, the enhanced girder bridge provided the safest structure for commuter and pedestrian use by removing the arch, lateral bracing and hangers, provided the lowest construction cost and construction risk, and provided the lowest cost for long-term inspection and maintenance.

Finer details, including aesthetic enhancements, pedestrian & parking accommodations, construction schedule and cost, maintenance of traffic, and minimization of impacts, will be incorporated into the final design which will continue through 2020. Members of the Bridge Advisory Committee and the public are encouraged to continue advising the Department through the final design process.

MaineDOT's preferred alternative will continue to be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A final selected alternative will result from agency consultation and efforts to mitigate impacts to archaeological, historical, and natural resources.

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11/30/2018: Safety Service Patrols Coming to I-295

MaineDOT

News Release for November 30, 2018

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Augusta - In an on-going effort to address safety and mobility issues along Interstate 295, the Maine Department of Transportation will be providing safety service patrols from Freeport to Scarborough beginning on Monday, December 3rd.

This company, AutoBase, is also being utilized by the Maine Turnpike Authority for emergency breakdown service.

The operators will assist motorists along I-295 from Freeport (Exit 22) to Scarborough (Exit 1) whose vehicles have suffered minor mechanical failure or have been involved in minor crashes.

A list of services includes:

  • Move vehicles: Expedite quick clearance practices using a push bumper or towing strategy to remove vehicles (vehicle with gross weight of up to 10,000 pound) and large debris from the travel portion of the roadway.
  • Remove obstacles and objects from the roadway to include debris and other hazards.
  • Provide fuel up to one gallon.
  • Provide water to person(s) being assisted or for overheated vehicles.
  • Change flat tires.
  • Provide mechanical assistance such as jump starts, minor mechanical repairs, tire inflation.
  • Assist stranded motorists with communication by allowing calls to repair facilities, other business or individual to assist motorist.
  • Provide a ride to a safe place or drop-off location to wait if vehicle is disabled.
  • Clean up minor vehicle fluid spills.
  • Share information with other responders.
  • Request and confirm emergency services have been contacted when warranted.
  • Protect the incident scene, when necessary, with the appropriate temporary traffic control devices.
  • Assist other responding agencies at the scene such as law enforcement, fire and rescue, Emergency Medical Services and other response agencies as needed.

This safety service patrol will operate on the following schedule:

  • The weekend following Columbus Day to the week prior to Memorial Day Weekend (32 weeks) Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • The weekend prior to Memorial through the Columbus Day weekend:

    -Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    -Friday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m

    -Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    -Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

The operator, AutoBase, has 185 safety vehicles along with 265 professionally trained drivers operating on the Maine Turnpike as well as in New York, Maryland, Washington D.C, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

This effort is part of the I-295 corridor update recommendations. The report can be viewed here:

https://mainedot.gov/docs/2018/mainedot-I-295-corridor-update-report.pdf

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