MaineDOT News Releases

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

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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5/31/2019: Maine Avenue in Gardiner Down to One Lane

MaineDOT

News Release for May 31, 2019

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


GARDINER - Maine Avenue in Gardiner Down to One Lane

Monday, June 3 - Saturday, June 8

Monday, June 10th Friday, June 14th

Maine Avenue in Gardiner, Route 24, in the vicinity of the Maine Avenue Bridge will be down to one lane of traffic over the next two weeks. During this time, the contractor will be placing the underground steel supports that will hold up the new bridge. Because of the significant noise, this work is being allowed between 6 AM and 8 PM. Flaggers will be on hand to control the alternating lanes of traffic. Motorists should expect delays or seek alternate routes.

This work is part of a comprehensive set of transportation improvements including complete bridge replacements for both the Bridge Street (Route 201) and the Maine Avenue (Route 24) Bridges, an extension of the Kennebec River Recreation Trail, a new multi-use bridge over the stream, intersection improvements in the downtown area, and significant utility upgrades. Work on this $12.6 million project is expected be largely completed by the end of 2020. Reed & Reed is the contractor for the project. For more information and to sign up for email alerts, go to mainedot.gov.

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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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3/19/2019: Rt 2 Work in Dixfield to Restart

MaineDOT

News Release for March 19, 2019

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


Dixfield €“ Reconstruction activities on Rt. 2 in Dixfield will be restarting on March 25th. The reconstruction is designed to upgrade the roadway, allowing for smoother, safer travel. When complete, nearly 3 miles will have been reconstructed, from the intersection of Rt. 2 with the Hall Hill Road, extending east to just beyond the Canton Point Road intersection. Construction will require some lane closures, controlled by flaggers.

The work, being performed by Pratt and Sons, Inc. is expected to be complete on October 28th, 2019.

Motorists are reminded to obey all posted speeds in construction zones.

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3/13/2019: Spring Thaw Brings Posted Roads

MaineDOT

News Release for March 13, 2019

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


Though warming temperatures are a welcome relief for many Maine residents, they also signal the start of road postings across the state. MaineDOT is encouraging businesses to check its website, mainedot.gov, for a current listing of state and state-aid posted roads as well as an interactive map that shows the posting status. For local roads, it is best to contact the municipality to determine any restrictions.

Roads are posted due to the spring thaws that weaken the soils beneath the pavement, temporarily causing potholes, cracking and rutting. Heavy commercial vehicles cause further damage, so the posting restricts traffic based on weight. Posted roads are restricted to vehicles with a registered gross vehicle weight of 23,000 pounds. MaineDOT understands that road postings impact businesses so the road conditions are carefully monitored and restrictions are lifted as soon as it is prudent to do so.

According to Brian Burne, who heads the highway maintenance division at MaineDOT, approximately 2,600 miles of state and state-aid highways could potentially be posted each year, but actual postings tend to be just over 1,500 miles. Most postings last between six and eight weeks. "We update our website daily so businesses can check in to learn when restrictions are lifted. The website also includes all the policies, exemptions and other information regarding weight restrictions."

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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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2/15/2019: Priority Maintenance Work for Casco Bay Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for February 15, 2019

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


Portland - Crews will be performing priority maintenance repairs on the Casco Bay Bridge, which links Portland and South Portland, beginning on Tuesday, February 19th.

Due to this work, there will be additional openings not exceeding 15 minutes with no additional openings between the peak commuting times of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The purpose of this work is to adjust and align where the two spans meet to assure proper alignment.

While the work may be completed earlier, it is anticipated this project will be finished no later than Friday, February 22nd.

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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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