News Release for June 19, 2011

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


MaineDOT News -- Fore River Parkway On-Ramp To I-295 Southbound To Close Monday Night, Tuesday Night

Construction crews plan to close the I-295 Southbound on-ramp from the Fore River Parkway on Monday and Tuesday nights (6/20, 6/21) between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

This temporary on-ramp closure will allow paving operations to be completed on the bridge over the railroad tracks leading to the Amtrak terminal at the Portland Transportation Center.

Motorists can still access I-295 Southbound by continuing along the Fore River Parkway, turning right onto Veterans Memorial Bridge, and then taking the on-ramp to I-295 Southbound in South Portland.

This work is weather dependent and will not be undertaken if there is rain.

As the work on I-295 progresses, MaineDOT continues to stress the likelihood of traffic backups during the morning and evening commute and suggests that commuters consider carpooling, taking the bus, and adjusting work schedules in order to reduce traffic congestion.

This effort is part of a substantial I-295 repair and improvement project that wil Drivers on I-295 are advised to pay close attention to signage connected with the repair work, especially those indicating reduced speed zones. For more information, maps, and to sign up for email alerts, please go to

This project is part of a substantial I-295 repair and improvement project that will be ongoing through the fall of this year. Roadway and bridge repair work has been structured to minimize the impact on motorists while improving the safety and enjoyment of traveling one of Maine’s most popular highways.

MaineDOT appreciates the patience of all motorists during this construction period, and also asks motorists to drive safely through all work zones.